An autopsy conducted Tuesday afternoon (August 11) on a body found Sunday (August 9) in Captain Cook has determined that the cause of death was sharp and blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death was homicide.

The body of the 69-year-old West Hawaiʻi man was positively identified through fingerprints but police are withholding his name pending notification of his family.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section have reclassified the case to murder and are continuing the investigation.

At 7:22 a.m. Sunday, Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of an unresponsive body lying in a coffee field off Keopuka Mauka Road. The body was officially pronounced dead at Kona Community Hospital at 3:50 p.m. Sunday.

Police ask anyone who has any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238, or [email protected], or Detective David Matsushima at 326-4646, extension 228, or [email protected]

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide 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.