Body Found on Big Island Reclassified as Murder

January 31, 2012, 1:35 PM HST · Updated January 31, 1:35 PM
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By Maui Now Staff

An investigation into the death of a Big Island man has been reclassified as a murder after an autopsy today determined the cause of death.

Criminal investigators with the Hawaiʻi Police Department released information today saying an autopsy determined the victim died from a combination of ligature strangulation and a brain injury from a gunshot wound.

Authorities identified the victim as 52-year-old Robert John Leong of Eden Roc, according to police reports.

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The man’s body was discovered Saturday in the Eden Roc subdivision.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.

***Supporting information courtesy Hawai’i Island Police.

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