Hawaii island police say Puna man was murdered

PUNA, Big Island (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police have reclassified the investigation of body found Saturday in the Eden Roc subdivision in Puna as a Homicide.

Police say an autopsy conducted Tuesday determined that the victim died from a combination of ligature strangulation and a brain injury from a gunshot wound. The victim has been identified as 52-year-old Robert John Leong of Eden Roc.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or email him at ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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