UPDATE: Body Recovered at Base of Large North Kohala Waterfall

*Updated on May 30 at 11:05 a.m. to include additional details from the Hawai`i Police Department.

A partially clothed and semi-decomposed male body was found floating in a pool at the bottom of a large waterfall on Sunday.

Kayakers reportedly found the body at the base of a waterfall near the coastline South of Honopue Vally in North Kohala. They then notified the Hawai`i County Fire Department who responded and were on scene just after 11 a.m.

HFD set-up their command at the Pololu Valley lookout and the C-1 chopper was deployed to recover the body via a Billy Pugh net. The body was transported by vehicle to the Hilo Medical Center where the official death pronouncement was made at 7:26 p.m.

Due to the advanced state of decomposition, the body has not yet been identified. An autopsy has been requested to determine the gender and cause of death. A Coroner’s Inquest has been initiated in connection to the case.

A Hawai`i Police Department detective was also reportedly flown to the scene.

HPD is asking anyone who may have information about this incident or the identity of the victim to contact the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311, or Detective Tuckloy Aurello of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2385 or Tuckloy.Aurello@hawaiicountygov.

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.

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