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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 2:11 a.m., Friday, November 17, 2006

Big Island police release murder suspect

Advertiser Staff

Big Island detectives released Daniel Dejarnette, 53, of Ka'u, last night after he was arrested Tuesday as a murder suspect in the death of his wife Yu Dejarnette, 56.

Daniel Dejarnette's release came at 8:30 p.m., pending further investigation.

On Sunday, Ka'u patrol officers responded to the Dejarnette residence in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, in Ka'u, of a reported home accident where Yu Dejarnette was found by her husband lying on a lava embankment near their residence.

Based on a preliminary investigation by patrol officers, detectives were summoned and a more through investigation was conducted.

An autopsy conducted on the victim indicated that the cause of death was due to the extensive head injuries that she sustained.

Police are asking anyone that may have information regarding this case to call Detective Jefferson Grantz of the West Hawaii Criminal Investigation Section at 326-4646 extension 275 or the Police Department's non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Individuals who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.