Police recover body in Hilo Bay

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a Coroner’s Inquest in connection with a body that was recovered from the ocean on Monday evening (May 15).

At 6:35 p.m. the Hawai`i Fire Department responded to a report of a body that was seen floating in Hilo Bay and launched their rescue boat to recover the disrobed body that was located approximately a quarter of a mile off of the Wainaku shoreline. The body was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where the official death pronouncement was made at 8:18 p.m.

The victim has not yet been identified and appears to be a Caucasian male, possibly in his 50’s or 60’s, between 5-foot-9 to 6-feet-tall, having dark-brown or black hair with a beard and mustache.

Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation and an autopsy has been requested to determine the cause of death.

Police ask anyone who may have information about this incident or the identity of the victim to contact Detective Wendall Carter of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2383 or wendall.carter@hawaiicounty.gov

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential