Police ID body of man that was found Friday night

  • Westen Tegman

Big Island police are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered Friday evening at a homeless encampment on the edge of the Wailuku Riverbank in Hilo.

The deceased has been positively identified as 28-year-old Isaac Wessel-Rivera of Hilo, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

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Shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report and discovered Wessel-Rivera’s body within the encampment. A man was taken into custody for questioning. Police have identified him as 32-year-old Westen Tegman of Hilo.

Police detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation.

An autopsy will be performed early this week to determine the exact cause of death.

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Anyone who may have been in the area is asked to contact Detective Blaine Morishita at 961-2385 or email Blaine.Morishita@hawaiicounty.gov or Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins at 961-2252 or email Rio.Amon-Wilkins@hawaiicounty.gov or the police department’s nonemergency number at 935-3311.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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