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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, June 1, 2002

Two bodies found in Puna may be lost hitchhikers

By Hugh Clark
Advertiser Big Island Bureau

The bodies of Alan Matheson, above, and Cassidy M. Toole, below, were found in a Puna subdivision.

HILO, Hawai'i — Big Island police have launched an islandwide investigation into the killings of two men who were shot in the head and left in a rural Puna subdivision.

The decomposed bodies, discovered Thursday, are believed to be those of Cassidy M. Toole and Wesley Alan Matheson, police said yesterday.

They were last seen May 8 hitchhiking at Kioloka'a, near South Point, after Toole's car ran into a ditch. Final identification is expected after autopsies next week.

Toole and Matheson, both 20, are believed to have been picked up by a red car, police Capt. James Day said.

The bodies were found by a detective more than 40 miles away, off Lehua Street in the Fern Acres subdivision, several blocks from the home shared by Toole and Matheson.

Day said no weapon was found. He declined to discuss a possible motive. Police said both men were from the Mainland. Matheson's mother, who lives in Arkansas, was on the island this week seeking information on her son.

Day said 14 detectives and vice squad officers were working the case "on both sides of the island."