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Investigation continues on Honokaa house fire where a body was found


Police continue to look into the cause of a fire and the discovery of remains in a house in Honokaʻa.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section, evidence specialists, a Hawaiʻi Fire Department fire inspector and an accelerant-detecting canine combed through the debris searching for evidence.

The remains were recovered from an area that was previously a bedroom. Detectives and the medical examiner will be recovering DNA during the post mortem examination for identification purposes.

On Tuesday (December 11) at about 8:21 p.m., police and fire personnel responded to a home in Āhualoa in upper Honokaʻa after receiving a report of a structure fire and found the structure fully engulfed. Police determined that there was an occupant of the residence who was unaccounted for.

Police and fire personnel discovered the remains after extinguishing the fire.

The structure was deemed a total loss.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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