Police Open Coroner’s Inquest After Body Located Near Wainaku Scenic Lookout

The Hawai`i Police Department is conducting a Coroner’s Inquest investigation after the discovery of a body on Saturday morning near the Wainaku Scenic Lookout just outside of Hilo.

The identity of the female body is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin. However, the body was located in the general area where Megan May Funderburk was last seen on Sunday evening.

Police detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation. At this time, foul play is not suspected. 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 Wainaku Scenic Lookout last Sunday evening (February 9) to please contact Detective William Brown at (808) 961-2384 or email William.Brown@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.