Man Charged in Puna Murder

Updated on Dec. 9 to include new image of Michael Cecil Lee.

The Hawai`i Police Department has charged the suspect in the Puna murder investigation that left a 75-year-old Mountain View man dead.

After conferring with County Prosecutors, at 8:30 p.m. on December 7, detectives charged 55-year-old Michael Cecil Lee with second-degree murder.

Lee’s charges stem from an incident on December 4 at approximately 7:18 p.m. when Puna patrol officers responded to the Orchid Isle Estates subdivision in Puna for a report of a missing elderly male.

A short time later, officers located the male’s deceased body several hundred yards from his residence.

On December 6, an autopsy was performed and determined that Honda died as a result of multiple injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

Lee is being held in lieu of $250,000.00 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for December 9 in Hilo District Court.

Police ask anyone who may have information about this incident or who may have come into contact with Lee since December 4 to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Todd Pataray at (808) 961-2382 or

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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