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Police investigating remains discovered at cemetery


Police are investigating the discovery of human remains in a cemetery in Hilo.

About 1:49 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, police responded to Veteran’s Cemetery No. 2 off Laimana Street in Hilo after workers preparing a burial site made a discovery of skeletal remains.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section responded to the scene and subsequently contacted an archaeologist who also responded to the cemetery, who informed police that the remains do not appear to be ancient.

The incomplete set of remains was taken to Hilo Medical Center pending an examination by the medical examiner.

In addition, detectives will be conferring with anthropologists from Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) on Oahu to conduct additional analysis of the remains.

Detectives are also researching historical information on the parcel where the remains were found.

Police ask that anyone with information on this incident or who may possess historical photos or information on the property to contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or email at

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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