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Missing boyfriend now suspect in Kalapana murder

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HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii Island police are asking for the public's help in locating the 22-year-old former boyfriend of a 25-year-old woman whose body was found in waters off the Kalapana coast on May 28.

Boaz David Johnson is now considered the suspect in the murder investigation after police completed additional follow-ups.

Johnson may still be on the island and is considered dangerous.

He is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, about 150 pounds with a slim build and a fair complexion. He was last seen unshaven and with medium-length brown hair. He also has a tattoo of the upper body of a horse near the right side of his abdomen.

On May 28 at about 6:28 a.m., police received a report that a body was caught in a fishing line from a nearby boat. With the assistance of a Hawaii Fire Department helicopter, the body was retrieved from the ocean and taken to a nearby landing zone, where detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section responded and continued the investigation.

The body was identified through fingerprints as Brittany Jane Royal. The medical examiner ruled that she died as the result of strangulation.

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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