Authorities: Victim found in gulch likely died from fall

Remains of a body found last week in a remote Paauilo gulch appear to have injuries consistent with an accidental fall, Hawaii Police Department said Wednesday.

A full autopsy report is pending, but the forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy on the body found no signs of additional traumatic injuries, according to police.

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Shortly after 3:15 p.m. Dec. 2, Hamakua patrol officers responded quickly after area residents reported finding a deceased body while hiking in a remote gulch off of Antone Deluz Road near Paauilo.

Police said Wednesday that foul play is not suspected.

Positive identification of the victim is pending the results of DNA identification.

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Detectives are continuing the investigation.

Anyone who may have information relative to the case should call the police department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311 or contact Detective Grant Todd of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2381 or email grant.todd@hawaiicounty.gov.

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