Park rangers recovered the body of a 38-year-old man near the bottom of the Kilauea Caldera in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. His name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
At about 7 p.m. Saturday, two visitors found a backpack on the Crater Rim Trail and notified dispatchers. Rangers searched the caldera rim and floor for the man to no avail and suspended the search due to unsafe conditions, said spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane in a statement.
The search resumed at dawn Sunday, when rangers aboard a helicopter spotted the man’s body about 250 feet below the caldera rim at about 5:35 a.m.
Ferracane said the body was in an area that is not erupting.
Man accused of assaulting police officer
Police arrested a 22-year-old man after he allegedly assaulted a police officer in Waikiki.
At about 9:10 p.m. Saturday, police said, the suspect was observed with illegal drugs in his possession. An officer responded and the suspect assaulted him.
Police said the 22-year-old man then attempted to take the officer’s handgun from his holster.
Additional officers arrived and arrested the suspect at the intersection of Kalakaua and Kapahulu avenues. The 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, resisting arrest and first-degree attempted theft.
Inmate on work furlough goes missing
Police continued searching Monday for a 35-year-old work furlough inmate who failed to return to the Oahu Community Correctional Center.
Martin Williams was scheduled to return to OCCC’s Module 20 by 4:30 p.m. Sunday after work, according to the state Department of Public Safety. Sheriffs and police were notified.
Williams is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is serving a sentence for promoting a dangerous drug in the second degree.
Anyone with information on Wiliams’ whereabouts is asked to call 911 or sheriffs at 586-1352.
Isle sex assault fugitive recaptured
Federal authorities said a fugitive from Honolulu wanted on sex assault charges was arrested Monday in Puerto Rico.
U.S. marshals said in a press release that Israel Vega Malave, 35, of Mililani had been released on bail pending trial and was arrested in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Malave was first arrested in 2013 on three counts of first-degree sexual assault and three counts of third-degree sexual assault.
An arrest warrant was issued after he failed to appear for trial June 26. The Honolulu Police Department and U.S. marshals said they opened a joint investigation and discovered that Malave was hiding in Puerto Rico with relatives. U.S. marshals and Puerto Rico police tracked him to a family residence in Guayama, where he was taken into custody.
Malave was booked into the Bayamon State Jail pending a court appearance and extradition hearing.