Murder victim found in shallow grave in Puna identified

Hawaii Police have identified a homicide victim who was found buried in a shallow grave in a Puna subdivision last month.

On Jan. 5, police were called to Road 16 in the Aloha Estates subdivision of Puna after receiving a report that residents had located buried human remains. A subsequent investigation of the remains determined that they had been buried for about two weeks, and that they were the remains of a man who had died of a gunshot wound to the torso, a manner of death that was ruled homicide.

Today, police announced that the victim has been identified as 34-year-old Andrew Cawley.

The body was reportedly in an advanced state of decomposition, so identification was made by a comparison of dental records.

Police are investigating the investigation as a second-degree murder. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311, Detective Jeremy Kubojiri at (808) 961-2378 or Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins at (808) 961-2252.

ADVERTISING


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser's TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email hawaiiwarriorworld@staradvertiser.com.