Murder victim whose body was discovered by hunters identified

Murder victim whose body was discovered by hunters identified

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 38-year-old man found dead in a heavily-wooded area in Windward Oahu last week has been identified ― and police say his death has been ruled a homicide.

Benjamin Awong (Image: HPD)
Benjamin Awong (Image: HPD)

The victim was identified as Benjamin Awong.

On Monday, authorities asked for the public’s help in tracking down witnesses to the murder.

Awong’s body was found by hunters about 1 p.m. on May 15 in a densely-wooded area off Old Kalanianaole Highway.

Sources told Hawaii News Now the victim’s hands were bound and he had been beaten.

Officials said the body was discovered just off a designated trail, and about a 10- to 15-minute walk from the road.

Authorities have not said when they believe Awong was killed.

The victim is described as being 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

This story will be updated.

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