Police investigating cause in deadly Honokaa fire

Published On: Dec 13 2012 12:16:46 PM HST
HONOKAA, Hawaii -

Big Island police are continuing to look into the cause of a fire and the discovery of remains in a house in Honokaa.

Detectives, evidence specialists, a Hawaii Fire Department fire inspector and an accelerant-detecting canine combed through the debris searching for evidence.

The remains were recovered from an area that was previously a bedroom.  Detectives and the medical examiner will be recovering DNA during the post mortem examination for identification purposes.

On Tuesday at around 8:21 p.m., police and fire personnel responded to a home in Ahualoa in upper Honokaa after receiving a report of a structure fire and found the structure fully engulfed.  Police determined that there was an occupant of the residence who was unaccounted for.

Police and fire personnel discovered the remains after extinguishing the fire.  The structure was deemed a total loss.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe.  Crime Stoppers doesn't record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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