Discovery of woman’s body in Puna initiates murder investigation

Hawaii Island police have initiated a murder investigation in connection with the discovery of a woman’s body on her Puna property.

On the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 25, Puna district officers responded to reports of a disturbance on Kapoho Kai Drive. An investigation led to the discovery of a woman’s body outside her home with suspicious injuries.

The victim has been identified as Nadean Rutledge, 63, of Pahoa.

A witness and Hawaii visitor, Suzanna Jamison, said that “about 5:30ish, I heard someone screaming and yelling, like they were fighting, and someone saying ‘help,’ and then it stopped. … I could see, when they were driving away, a tall, white man with blood on his leg.”

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are actively investigating the case. They have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Grant Todd at 961-2255.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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