Hawaii County police have reclassified the investigation of body a found Saturday in the Eden Roc subdivision from a coroner’s inquest to a murder.
An autopsy conducted Tuesday morning determined that the victim died from a combination of ligature strangulation and a brain injury from a gunshot wound.
Authorities identified the victim as Robert John Leong, 52, of Eden Roc.
Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.
Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.