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Woman’s body found in ocean near lava flow

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Hawaii County police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the woman whose body was recovered by the crew of a fishing boat off one of the lava viewing areas off Kalapana in the Puna District. 

Police have not ruled out foul play. Her body was caught in a fishing line from the boat.

The body was described as that of a Caucasian woman in her late 20s or early 30s, about 5 feet 4 to 5-8 with a slim build, short brown hair and a tattoo of “Veritas” on her lower back. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning to determine cause of death. 

The body was reported to police and fire officials at 6:28 a.m. 

A tour boat remained with the body until divers from the Fire Department recovered the remains 

Police ask that anyone who may know the female or have information on this case contact detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or or detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or 

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

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