An Illinois man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with a body found in Hilo early Friday morning (August 14).

At 12:57 a.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a business off Kamehameha Avenue for a report of an unresponsive woman with injuries.

Responding officers found a deceased woman with obvious signs of foul plan. Upon conducting an investigation, which included the review of video footage of the area, police developed a suspect.

At 11 a.m., 35-year-old Curtis Hodges of Shiloh, Illinois, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder at a hostel located off Waianuenue Avenue in Hilo.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

The identity of the victim is still pending fingerprint analysis.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Almeida of the Area I Criminal Investigations Section at 961-2386 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.