Body found in Hilo identified as murder victim

Dante Peter Gilman
Dante Peter Gilman
30-year-old Claude Keone Krause and 19-year-old Kawena Krause
30-year-old Claude Keone Krause and 19-year-old Kawena Krause

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A body found Friday, January 18 off Stainback Highway in Hilo has been identified as 44 -year-old Dante Peter Gilman.

Gilman was identified through dental records.

Police are withholding a cause of death pending additional forensic analysis. Police are also working with an anthropologist from the Joint POW Accounting Command/Central Identification Laboratory from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oahu to perform additional examinations.

Gilman was reported missing on January 10.

Big Island police have charged 19-year-old Kawena Krause and 30-year-old Claude Keone Krause

with second-degree murder in connection with the Gilman's disappearance.

People who knew Gilman say he was a "lost soul" who bragged about hiding money on his Hawaiian Acres property, a potential motive in this case.

Prosecutors say they have a DVD that show footage of Gilman's murder

According to court documents, the surveillance video shows Claude Keone Krause firing a shotgun at Gilman and then his cousin Kawena Krause is seen choking Gilman until he stopped moving.

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