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Hawaii police seek Alaska man for questioning in woman's death

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:25 p.m. HST, May 31, 2013

Hawaii County police said they are seeking an Alaska man for questioning in the strangulation death of a 25-year-old woman who had recently moved to the Big Island from California.

The body of Brittany-Jane Royal was found Tuesday in waters off Kalapana. Police released the name of the victim today.

Royal recently moved to Kalapana. Police said her last known address before she moved to Hawaii was in Tustin, Calif. 

Autopsy results determined Royal was strangled.

Police today said they are seeking Boaz D. Johnson of Petersburg, Alaska, for questioning in connection with Royals' death. Johnson, 22, last spoke to his family at noon Monday and has been reported missing.

Johnson and Royal had reportedly been camping together before her death, police said. Police have opened a murder investigation.

Johnson is described as Caucasian, 5 feet 6 or 5 feet 7, 145 pounds with short brown hair and blue eyes. 

Detectives are continuing their investigation. 

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Det. Robert Almeida of the Hawaii County Police Department at 961-2386 or or Det. Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or

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