Hawaii Island police have charged a Kailua-Kona man with murder in connection with a body found last week off Hawaii Belt Road.
Shortly before noon Saturday, Kona patrol officers responded to a report of criminal property damage in progress in the Oʻoma subdivision in Kailua-Kona. Officers located 29-year-old Gafatasi Jorden Kaipo Napoleon of Kailua-Kona, who was also wanted on suspicion of murder for the shooting death of 36-year-old Alanaokala Solomon Covington of Kailua-Kona.
Napoleon was arrested and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.
At 9:55 p.m. Sunday, he was charged with second-degree murder, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, promoting a dangerous drug and criminal property damage. His bail was set at $271,000. He remained at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday.
On Sunday, Oct. 16, police received an anonymous tip about the possible murder.
An investigation led to the discovery of a burial site late Tuesday afternoon off Hawaii Belt Road north of the 27-mile marker.
Police secured the area overnight and on Wednesday morning recovered Covington’s body. An autopsy conducted Friday determined that Covington died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Jerome Manuel at 326-4646, extension 262, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.