Police identify decomposed body found near Hilo International Airport

Hawaii Island police have released the name of a man whose decomposed body was found June 15 off the road leading to the Hilo airport.

He is identified as 72-year-old Thomas G. Rogers, who had no permanent address but had lived in Hawaii and Oregon.

An autopsy conducted June 16 ruled out foul play and determined that he died of natural causes.

His identity was being withheld while detectives attempted to notify his family. Attempts to locate any family members were unsuccessful.

Police ask anyone with information about how to reach Rogers’ next of kin to call Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2383 or clarence.davies@hawaiicounty.gov.

Rogers’ body was found under a makeshift shelter in overgrowth about 80-100 feet south of Kekuanaoa Street and approximately a half-mile east of the intersection of Kekuanaoa Street and Kanoelehua Avenue.

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