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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, February 19, 2010

Woman's body found at bottom of 120-foot gulch

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i County police were investigating the death of a woman whose body was found yesterday at the bottom of a 120-foot gulch in Pāpa'aloa, North Hilo.

She was identified as 30-year-old Jonelle Alvarez of Honomū.

A report that a woman had jumped or fallen from a bridge initially brought North Hilo Patrol officers to the area of Moanalulu Bridge, in the area of the 24-mile marker on Hawai'i Belt Road, about 2:10 a.m. yesterday.

Fire rescue personnel found the body in the gulch at 9:30 a.m.

An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Anyone with information on this case may call Lt. Mitch Kanehailua at 808-961-2252 or the police department nonemergency line at 808-935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 808-961-8300 in Hilo or 808-329-8181 in Kona. All CrimeStoppers information is kept confidential.