A decomposed body found Monday off the road leading to the Hilo airport has been identified through fingerprints as a 72-year-old Hilo man with no permanent address.

His identity is being withheld pending notification of his family.

An autopsy conducted Tuesday ruled out foul play and determined that he died of natural causes. The exact cause of death is pending results of further analysis.

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Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the discovery of a decomposed body in Hilo.

At 8:37 a.m. Monday (June 15), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a body off the road leading to the Hilo airport.

They found the body under a makeshift shelter in overgrowth about 80-100 feet south of Kekuanaoa Street and approximately a half-mile east of the intersection of Kekuanaoa Street and Kanoelehua Avenue. The body was in advanced stage of decomposition.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to determine the sex and cause of death. Fingerprints, dental records or both will be used to establish identity.

The case is classified as a coroner’s inquest.

Police ask anyone who may have seen someone riding a white bicycle into the bush area in that vicinity during the latter part of May or early part of June to contact Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2384 or [email protected]

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.