Media Release (update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Kailua-Kona man in connection with a body found late Tuesday afternoon (October 18) off Hawaiʻi Belt Road.

At noon Saturday (October 22), Kona Patrol officers arrested 29-year-old Gafatasi Jorden Kaipo Napoleon in Kailua-Kona.

He was taken to the Kona police cellblock, where he is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

On Sunday (October 16), police received an anonymous tip about a possible murder in Kailua-Kona.

Investigation led to the discovery of a burial site late Tuesday afternoon (October 18) off Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Highway 190) north of the 27-mile marker. Police secured the area overnight and on Wednesday morning (October 19) recovered the body of 36-year-old Alanaokala Solomon Covington of Kailua-Kona. An autopsy conducted Friday (October 21) determined that Covington died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Jerome Manuel at 326-4646, extension 262, 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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.


 

Media Release (update)

An autopsy conducted Friday (October 21) on the body found Tuesday afternoon (October 18) off Hawaiʻi Belt Road determined that 36-year-old Alanaokala Solomon Covington of Kailua-Kona died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the murder investigation.

On Sunday, police received an anonymous tip about a possible murder in Kailua-Kona.

Investigation led to the discovery of a burial site late Tuesday afternoon (October 18) off Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Highway 190) north of the 27-mile marker. Police secured the area overnight and recovered Covington’s body Wednesday morning (October 19).

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Jerome Manuel at 326-4646, extension 262, 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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.


 

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a murder investigation in connection with the recovery of a Kona man’s body.

On Sunday, police received an anonymous tip about a possible murder in Kailua-Kona.

Investigation led to the discovery of a burial site late Tuesday afternoon (October 18) off Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Highway 190) north of the 27-mile marker. Police secured the area overnight and recovered the body Wednesday morning (October 19).

The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Alanaokala Solomon Covington of Kailua-Kona.

An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death is scheduled for Friday (October 21).

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Jerome Manuel at 326-4646, extension 262, 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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.