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Police still seek identity of body found in West Hawaii park

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:15 p.m. HST, Feb 7, 2013

Hawaii County police are still seeking the public’s help in identifying a person whose partially decomposed body was found in a West Hawaii park last summer.

Police hope someone will recognize a two-dimensional facial reconstruction from the skull recovered at the scene.

The dead person may have been a middle-aged homeless Caucasian man between 5-feet 8-inches and 5-feet 11-inches tall who frequented the Kainaliu, Kealakekua and Honalo areas. When found at Higashihara Park in Keauhou Mauka on July 19, he was wearing blue jeans, no shoes and a blue T-shirt depicting a “SpongeBob SquarePants” character and the words “It’s Hip To Be Square.”

The cause of death is still undetermined.

Police said they received numerous tips from the public with leads about the man’s possible identity but detectives confirmed that all the persons named were still alive.

Police ask that anyone who knows the identity of a person similar to the artist’s sketch call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, ext. 238.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181.

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