Body found in water near Kalapana lava viewing area

Published On: May 28 2013 11:22:24 AM HST   Updated On: May 28 2013 01:49:15 PM HST
PAHOA, Hawaii -

Big Island police are investigating how the body of a woman ended up in waters near the Kalapana lava viewing area.

Police and fire crews received the call at around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday from a fisherman.

It was reported that a body was caught in a fishing line from a nearby fishing boat in the ocean off one of the lava viewing areas.

Another vessel in the area contacted authorities and remained with the body until divers from the fire department and its helicopter recovered the remains and met with police at a temporary landing zone.

Detectives say the woman appears to be in her mid-20s to early-30s.  She is about 5-feet-4-inches-tall to 5-feet-8-inches-tall with a slim build, short brown hair and a tattoo of "Veritas" on her lower back.

"We're concerned.  There's some markings on the body that appears to be suspicious," said Lt. Gregory Esteban.

Police have not yet identified the woman.  An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday.

"We're hoping that someone who has, may know of, a missing female to give us a call," said Lt. Esteban.

Police ask that anyone who may know the female or have information on this case contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386or or Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 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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