Autopsy results reveal ‘suspicious death’ of 6-year-old Big Island boy involved trauma

Detectives continue to investigate.

Police now investigating suspicious death of 6-year-old Big Island boy as murder

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Autopsy results released Thursday reveal the cause of a 6-year-old boy’s suspicious death in Kona involved trauma.

The autopsy was performed on Tuesday and deemed the results revealed the boy’s death is a homicide.

Detectives are continuing their murder investigation in his death.

The boy was found on Wednesday with suspicious choking injuries, sources told Hawaii News Now.

It’s still unclear exactly where he was found, but sources say the incident did not happen at home.

Big Island police say the boy was taken to the Kailua-Kona Fire Station about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was then taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

The boy lives in the Lailani apartment complex on Manawalea Street in Kailua-Kona.

Neighbors say he is a twin.

Police say they are not yet releasing any information about possible suspects, but they are asking for anyone who may have seen or heard anything that Halloween night to come forward.

“What we are looking for are witnesses, neighbors, anyone who lives around and near the apartment complex to come forward and talk to us,” said Police Lt. Roylen Valera. “We’d like to put more pieces together to this puzzle.”

An autopsy will be done to help determine the cause of death.

The boy was a student at Kealakehe Elementary School.

The school sent a letter home with students Friday informing parents of the boy’s death, and offering counseling if anyone needs it.

“This loss has deeply affected our school community,” Principal Nancy Matsukawa said, in the letter. “On behalf of the entire Kealakehe Elementary ohana, I would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this student and to all of our staff.”

Big Island police investigating ‘suspicious death’ of 6-year-old

This story will be updated.

Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.