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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Big Island police are investigating the discovery of a body that was found floating in waters off Kalapana in the Puna district.
At 6:28 a.m., Hawaii police responded to a report of a body caught in a fishing line from a nearby fishing boat in the ocean off one of the lava viewing areas.
The Hawaii County Fire Department says the body is of a "young female," with a slim build, short brown hair, and a tattoo of "Veritas" on her lower back. Officials say she is 5 ft. 4 inches tall, and is possibly in her late 20s or early 30s.
A Lava Tour boat stayed with the body until divers from the Fire Department and a helicopter arrived, who were then able to retrieve it.
Police have not ruled out foul play. "There's some markings on
the body that appear to be suspicious," Hawai`i Police Department Lieutenant
Gregory Esteban said.
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning to determine the exact cause of death.
4 vehicles, including 3 rental cars, were parked in the parking lot for the lava viewing area, which is closed overnight.