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EXCLUSIVE: Big Island man arrested for gruesome murder

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A 34-year-old Hawaii Island man was arrested Tuesday for the gruesome murder of a 59-year-old.

Hawaii News Now was on the scene when police searched the home at E. Palai Street in Waikea where Eric James Fontes was arrested about 2 p.m.

Sources say he is suspect in the disappearance of 59-year old Barton Bumatay, who hasn't been seen since New Year's Eve.  

Human remains were found over the weekend on Beach Road. And sources say they were found in multiple locations, indicating the victim may have been dismembered.

Hawaii County Police Lt. Gregory Esteban said Fontes was arrested for second-degree murder in connection with the body 

"The identity of the remains has not been confirmed at this time and we are currently working on that," he said.

Fontes is also being held for firearms crimes and terroristic threatening. He has not been charged.

Fontes does have a record with convictions for theft, assault, and family violence.  

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