Hawaii Island police reclassify three-year-old case to murder

Big Island Police - Hawaii County Police

On Hawaii Island, police have reclassified a death that occurred three years ago from a coroner’s inquest case to a murder.

On September 20, 2011, police were called to a Wainaku residence for a report of a woman found lifeless in the laundry room area of the home. Upon arrival, police discovered the body of 20-year-old Sommer Ferreira.

An initial inquiry was conducted into the cause of her death. Based on the circumstances at the time of the incident, no foul play was suspected.

After receiving recent information about the death, detectives reopened the case and conducted further investigation.

A suspect has been identified, and the case has been routed to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for further review and disposition, officials said.

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