Police ID body of man that was found Friday night

  • Westen Tegman

Hawaii Island Police are conducting a death investigation after the discovery of a body Friday evening (Feb. 14) at a homeless encampment on the edge of the Wailuku River bank in Hilo.

The deceased has been positively identified as 28-year-old Isaac Wessel-Rivera of Hilo.

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Responding to a call just before 9 p.m. Friday, South Hilo Patrol officers discovered the body within the encampment. A male subject was taken into custody for questioning. Police have identified him as 32-year-old Westen Tegman of Hilo. He was later released pending further investigation.

An autopsy will be performed early next week to determine the exact cause of death.

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Police ask anyone who may have been in the area to please contact Detective Blaine Morishita at 961-2385 or email Blaine.Morishita@hawaiicounty.gov or Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins at 961-2252 or email Rio.Amon-Wilkins@hawaiicounty.gov or the police department’s nonemergency number at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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