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Missing man now suspect in Big Island murder

Published On: Jul 03 2013 10:53:00 AM HST

Boaz Johnson

HILO, Hawaii -

Hawai'i Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating the 22-year-old former boyfriend of a 25-year-old woman whose body was found in waters off the Kalapana coast on May 28.

After the completion of additional follows-ups conducted in this investigation, Boaz David Johnson is now considered the suspect in the murder investigation, according to police.  He may still be on the island.

Johnson is about 5-feet-7-inches-tall, about 150 pounds with a slim build and a fair complexion.  He was last seen unshaven and with medium-length brown hair. He also has a tattoo of a upper body of a horse near the right side of his abdomen.  He is considered dangerous.

On May 28 at about 6:28 a.m., police received a report that a body was caught in a fishing line from a nearby boat.  With the assistance of a Hawai'i Fire Department helicopter, the body was retrieved from the ocean and taken to a nearby landing zone, where detectives responded and continued the investigation.

The body was identified through fingerprints as Brittany Jane Royal. The medical examiner ruled that she died as the result of strangulation.

Detectives continue to actively pursue leads in this investigation. Police ask that anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts contact Detective Robert Almeida at 808-961-2386 or ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us, Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 808-961-2278 or famuimuia@co.hawaii.hi.us, or Lieutenant Gregory Esteban at 808-961-2252 or gesteban@hawaiicounty.gov.

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.

Click here to see pictures of Brittany Jane Royal.

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