Big Island police said a body that was found Tuesday in waters off Kalapana was the vicitim of a homicide.
An autopsy conducted Wednesday determined that the female victim died of strangulation.
Police have not yet identified the body, which they described as that of a Caucasian woman possibly in her late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-8 with a slim build, short brown hair and a tattoo of “Veritas” on her lower back.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.
Police ask that anyone who may know the victim or have information on this case contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386or firstname.lastname@example.org or Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or email@example.com.
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