Body discovered floating in Hilo Bay

Body discovered floating in Hilo Bay

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island police have opened an investigation following the discovery of a body in Hilo Bay Thursday evening.

Shortly after 8 p.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to the 100 block of Banyan Drive to a report of a body floating in the bay.

They found a man floating face down about 15 feet from shore. Officers and Fire Department personnel assisted the unresponsive man to shore. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was officially pronounced dead at 9:02 p.m.

The Medical Examiner's Office determined the unidentified man died from asphyxia due to drowning. The autopsy ruled out foul play in his death. 

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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