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Police continue investigation into death of Fern Acres woman

UPDATED (10:52 AM on 4/28/2015)

Hawaiʻi Island police are continuing their investigation into the death Monday (April 27) of a 50-year-old woman in the Fern Acres subdivision in Puna.

An autopsy was conducted Tuesday morning (April 28) at Hilo Medical Center. The results reveal that the decedent died of a medical condition. The injury observed on the body was deemed superficial, consistent with a fall to the ground, and did not contribute to the cause of death.


Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the death of a 50-year-old woman in the Fern Acres subdivision in Puna.

At about 10:46 a.m. Monday (April 27), police received a call of an unresponsive woman on Plumeria Street. Responding officers contacted detectives after observing what appeared to be a suspicious injury. Detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section responded to the scene to continue the investigation.

Medics took the victim to Hilo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 12:05 p.m.

The case has been classified as a coroner’s inquest.

No arrests have been made but police have not ruled out foul play. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday (April 28) to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Detective Jesse Kerr of the Juvenile Aid Section at 961-8843 or

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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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