Body found off Saddle, foul play not suspected

Police are investigating the discovery of a body found off of the Saddle Road, also known as Daniel K. Inouye Highway, Thursday morning.

At 6:35 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to the area of the Saddle and Maunakea Access Road after receiving a report of an unresponsive man lying next to a white, late model Ford hatchback parked just off of the roadway.

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Detectives from Hilo Criminal Investigation Section are investigating. Foul play is not suspected in this case, which is classified as a coroner’s inquest.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning to determine the exact cause of death. The victim’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.

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Anyone who may have seen the white hatchback parked in the area earlier in the morning or have any other information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Kayne Kelli at 961-2378 or email kayne.kelii@hawaiicounty.gov.

Those who prefer anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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