Police Identify Body Found in the Kahauale’a Natural Area Reserve

A body that was discovered on a remote trail in the Kahauale’a Natural Area Reserve in Volcano on Saturday has been identified.

The Hawai`i Police Department reports the identity to 27-year-old Kaleo Malama Aaron Cachero of Puna.

Cachero’s family reported him missing on December 3, however, he had not been seen by them since mid-September. 

An autopsy was performed on Tuesday and according to the forensic pathologist, there were no signs of foul play. The full autopsy report is pending toxicology results.

Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation which is classified as a coroner’s inquest.

Police ask anyone who may have seen Cachero in late November or early December 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.