Body found ‘burned severely’ inside banyan tree

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A car drives by a fire-damaged banyan tree across form Reeds Bay Beach Park on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. The Hawaii Fire Department responded to a report of a large tree on fire on Banyan Drive on Monday. Upon extinguishing the blaze, fire personnel discovered charred human remains within an opening at the base of the tree and immediately alerted police.

An autopsy is scheduled for today for a woman whose badly burned body was discovered Monday on Banyan Drive in Hilo.