Police suspect foul play after body found in Hilo

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police have identified the set of remains that were found on January 18 off Stainback Highway in Hilo.

Shayne Yoshi Kalani Kobayashi, 38, was identified through dental records.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Kobayashi's death.

Investigators believe foul play is involved and are awaiting additional pathology and toxicology findings to determine the exact cause of death.

Kobayashi was last seen at his Pahoa home on December 11.

Police are also working with an anthropologist from the Joint POW Accounting Command/Central Identification Laboratory from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oahu to perform additional examinations.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case call Detective Todd Pataray at 961-2382 or email him at tpataray@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Big Island police also continue to investigate the discovery of a second body off Stainback Highway in Hilo.

That body was found at around 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 following an anonymous tip that led them to a location often called "Tree Planting Road."

Detectives along with scent-tracking dogs checked the area and found the body, which was also decomposed beyond recognition, police say. An autopsy has been conducted..

Police were initially searching the area for the body of Dante Peter Gilman.  Though Gilman's remains have not been found, Claude Keone Krause and his cousin, Kawena Krause, have both been charged with the murder.

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