Woman’s body found in waters off Big Island

Big Island Police are investigating the discovery of a body in waters off Kalapana in the Puna district.

Police and the Hawaii Fire Department responded at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a body caught in a fishing line from a boat near one of the lava viewing areas.

Another vessel in the area contacted authorities and remained with the body until divers from the fire department and their helicopter recovered the remains.

Police say the body is that of a Caucasian female possibly in her late 20s or early 30s. She’s about 5’4″ to 5’8″ with a slim build, short brown hair, and a tattoo of “Veritas” on her lower back.

Police have not ruled out foul play and the case remains under investigation.

“We’re concerned because there are some markings on the body that appear to be suspicious,” Hawaii Police Department Lt. Gregory Esteban said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police.

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