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Police identify woman found dead in waters off Kalapana


Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the victim whose body was found Tuesday (May 28) in waters off Kalapana in the Puna District.

She was identified Thursday (May 30) through fingerprints as 25-year-old Brittany-Jane Royal, who had recently moved to Kalapana. Her last known permanent address before the move to Hawaiʻi was in Tustin, California.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation as a murder.

Police ask that anyone who has information on this case contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386or or Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 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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