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Autopsy shows Kailua-Kona man drowned

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Big Island police said an autopsy has revealed that the 59-year-old Kailua-Kona man whose body was found in Honokohau Harbor drowned.

Police said the body of Franklin Lewis Smith was found 6:50 a.m. Saturday floating face down by paddle boarders about 100 yards inside the harbor entrance.

The autopsy also showed Smith had injuries to his head and leg consistent with a fall onto rocks.

Police have reclassified the case as a public accident.

The paddle boarders brought Smith’s body to shore. Fire rescue personnel determined he had no sign of life and they could not resuscitate him.

Smith was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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