Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the early morning discovery of a body in a vehicle on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.
Shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday, police received information that led them to a silver Honda sports-utility vehicle parked against the flow of traffic on the highway in the area of the 27-mile marker. Responding officers discovered an unresponsive man in the SUV.
Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section and evidence specialists responded to the location to further the investigation, which is currently classified as a coroner’s inquest. The victim has yet to be identified.
Police believe foul play is involved. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday (January 6) to determine the exact cause of death.
Detectives are also investigating what appears to be a related incident that was reported Monday night (January 4) at about 11:56 p.m. Officers responded to a reported shooting in the upper Waiākea Uka area but were unable to locate a shooting victim. They initiated a first-degree terroristic threatening investigation.
Police are asking for any motorists who may have seen the silver Honda SUV parked along the highway, may have seen a man hitchhiking toward the Kona direction or may have picked up a hitchhiker and taken him to Kona to contact either Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or [email protected] or Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 [email protected].
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 $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribed to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.