Autopsy shows fall caused death of San Jose woman on Big Island
An autopsy conducted yesterday afternoon determined that a 52-year-old California woman died Saturday night in Kailua, Kona, of multiple traumatic injuries due to a fall from height.
Hawaii County police officers responding to a call shortly after 10 p.m. found Karen Marie Celaya, of San Jose, on rocks below the second-floor balcony of her hotel room.
William Brill, 58, also of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of murder after officers learned that other hotel guests had reported a heated argument in the room occupied by Brill and Celaya.
Brill was released yesterday pending further investigation.
The San Jose Mercury News reported today that Brill is a former longtime San Jose police and fire retirement board member and a city civil service commissioner.