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Hawaii island police open murder investigation after body found in car in Kalapana

  • DARYL LEE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER / JULY 2015
                                Hawaii island police have opened a second-degree murder investigation after officers found a body in a vehicle along a Kalapana roadside Sunday.

    DARYL LEE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER / JULY 2015

    Hawaii island police have opened a second-degree murder investigation after officers found a body in a vehicle along a Kalapana roadside Sunday.

Hawaii island police have opened a second-degree murder investigation after patrol officers found a body in a vehicle along a Kalapana roadside Sunday.

The victim has been identified as 49-year-old Lance Toshio Shitabata of Hilo, according to a Hawaii Police Department news release.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today to determine the exact cause of death.

Puna patrol officers responded to a report of a body in a parked white Ford Mustang on the shoulder of the Keaau-Pahoa Road in Kalapana shortly after 6:30 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Clarence Davies at (808) 961-2384 or via email at Clarence.Davies@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

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