Hikers Find Body Along Remote Trail

The Hawai`i Police Department is investigating after hunters discovered a body on a remote trail in the Kahaualeʻa Natural Area Reserve in Volcano on Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 5 p.m., two hunters reported to police that they had discovered the badly decomposed body on the trail several miles in from Captains Drive in Fern Forest.

Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section were contacted to assist with the investigation, which is currently classified as a coroner’s inquest. Due to the dangerous and remote location of the remains, and the approaching darkness, detectives and HFD Rescue personnel responded to the scene early Sunday morning.

The Hawaiʻi County Fire Department assisted with flying police detectives, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and rescue personnel into the remote location, and airlifting the body out. The victim was then transported to the Hilo Medical Center and pronounced dead. 

An autopsy has been scheduled for early this week to determine the cause of death. Identification of the victim will be done by means of dental or DNA comparison.

Detectives are continuing this investigation and are currently reviewing pending missing person cases.

Police ask anyone who may have information relative to this case to call the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311, or Detective Wendall Carter of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2383 or email 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.