Police Continue Investigation of Body Found at Homeless Encampment

The Hawai`i Police Department is continuing its investigation after a body was discovered Friday evening at a homeless encampment on the edge of the Wailuku Riverbank in Hilo.

Police say the victim has been positively identified as 28-year-old Isaac Wessel-Rivera of Hilo.  

Responding to a call just before 9 p.m. on Friday evening, South Hilo Patrol officers discovered the deceased body within the encampment.

A male subject was taken into custody for questioning. He is identified as 32-year-old Westen Tegman of Hilo. Upon further investigation and conferring with Hawaiʻi County Prosecutors, Tegman has been released from police custody.

Police detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation.

An autopsy will be performed early next week to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone who may have been in the area of the Wailuku River and Wainaku Street on Friday evening to please contact Detective Blaine Morishita at (808) 961-2385 or email Blaine.Morishita@hawaiicounty.gov or Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins at (808) 961-2252 or email Rio.Amon-Wilkins@hawaiicounty.gov or the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

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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