Big Island police investigating remains in Kalapana

Published On: Jan 03 2014 02:51:05 PM HST   Updated On: Jan 03 2014 08:22:29 PM HST
HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police are investigating the discovery of human remains found on Thursday in Kalapana.

At around 2:55 p.m. on Thursday, police received a report from a 34-year-old man who indicated he discovered a decomposing body while hiking in a forested area of a lava field at the end of Highway 130.

Police tell our crew at the scene the remains were found in a kipuka, or wooded area in the lava field.

The location is not far from the area where Boaz Johnson and Brittany Royal were camping.  Royal was found floating in waters near Kalapana.  Investigators say she was strangled.  Johnson is still missing.

It is also not far from an area where a missing Japanese visitor was last seen in February.

The remains have not yet been identified.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Todd Pataray at 961-2382 or

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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