WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police have opened a murder investigation into the death of a man discovered at his Whitmore Village home just after midnight Wednesday morning.
Family members have identified the 65-year-old man as William "Bill" Aki.
Aki's daughter Leimomi said she was the one who discovered her father in the home. She said he was lying on the floor in a pool of blood and police say he had a hole near his right shoulder. It's unclear if its from a bullet or if it's a stab wound.
HPD Homicide Division's Lt. Walter Calistro said, "Police were initially called to check on the owner of a particular vehicle that was found which was registered to that house, and they arrived here along with the family members." Calistro said that police were let into the house by the family and then discovered the body of a male in his 60's with "suspicious injuries." Subsequently, police have reclassified the case from an unattended death to a second-degree murder investigation.
Leimomi confirmed that police initially came to her dad's home after they traced the registration of his car to a vehicle fire that was reported in front of Makua Cave in Waianae on Farrington Highway Tuesday night.
Honolulu fire officials confirm that firefighters got called to the scene of a car fire at that remote location around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night. Capt. David Jenkins said crews extinguished it quickly around 11:15 p.m.
After processing the scene of the Whitmore Village home on Kaniahe Street, crime scene investigators then collected what evidence they could from the mostly charred, dark-colored, two-door BMW sports car as well as the surrounding area.
Family members believe Aki was murdered by someone he knows, "The front door was still locked," says brother, Stan Albrecht, "The dog didn't bark, the neighbors didn't notice the dog barking."
Police are looking for any information regarding the person or persons who may have been seen driving or riding in the vehicle prior to 11 p.m. Leimomi says the last time she saw the car was around 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. after her father dropped her off at a Wahiawa location.
Aki's next-door neighbor, Fred Rulloda, said Aki often stayed inside the home but he thought it was odd he didn't see Aki's car in the garage later in the evening. Rulloda said he was only alerted to the incident after he heard screaming and crying coming from the victim's daughter after she discovered his body.
Albrecht says his brother often took in people who needed help and grew found of some of them.
"It's good to help people, but you have to, you have to see beyond people's characters," he said. "Sometimes you help people and this is what happens. They desire more than what you give them."
Family members say Aki was a retired ironworker.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact police.