Missing man named as suspect in Big Island murderUPDATED 7:38 PM HST Jul 03, 2013Video Transcript
Before a man on the Big Island VANISHED... Police now think he KILLED. A BIG development in a puzzling murder case: Police now BLAME THE BOYFRIEND. Problem is... He's still missing! KITV4's Lara Yamada is on top of the new developments. She's live in the newsroom... Lara that's a key shift in this case! 22-year-old Boaz Johnson has been missing since his girlfriend Brittany Royal was found dead. Police say they've validated information -- we don't know specifically what -- recieved early in this case... And that led them to deem Johnson as THE suspect in her murder. We spoke with Bo and Brittany's family today. His sister says the last time they spoke, Bo asked his mom how to make a pregnant Brittany more comfortable... and was looking forward to closing the deal on 10-acres of land. Then, these final words... before he disappeared: ) SARAH PHONER 4937-48 He told him, 'You take care of yourself now and I love you.' My dad said he just felt the need to say it, and Bo told him he loved him back, and that's the last we heard from him. It was May 28th: the day before Brittany Royal's body was found by fisherman off the Kalapana coast on the Big Island. A medical examiner quickly determined she was strangled. On Wednesday, to the shock and dismay of the families involved, police officially named her boyfriend Boaz Johnson as their primary suspect. PHONER JULIE 3254-05 Am I happy that he's a suspect? Absolutely not. I'm glad that it's at least moving forward toward something. Instead of, we just don't know. SARAH PHONER 5057-06 They were becoming a family, that's why my mind is blown. Police say samples of human hair and tissue found in close proximity to Bo and Brittany's tent, not far from where her body was found, are being tested at a mainland lab -- along with fibers found around her neck. But investigators now say Johnson was not the man seen aying at a Pahoa hostel afterRoyal's death, and they have not been able to confirm any sitings of him. They don't know if he's on the island, or whether he's alive or dead -- family hasn't heard from him either. SARAH PHONER 4535-43 Everybody's been taking care of each other and staying in closer contact, because it just shows you never know when the last time will be that you're going to get to talk to someone. Royal's mom said, regardless of the outcome, her heart goes out to Bo's family, with so many suffering, and one more, somewhere, who needs to pay the price. PHONER JULIE 3700-12 Brittany's never coming back. She's never coming back. I wanna see who ever did this, I wanna see them fry. I really do. Big Island police are calling Johnson "dangerous." He's described as slim, about 5-7, and has a tattoo of a horse near the right side of his abdomen. They say quote: "Based on the circumstances, anything is possible. So we are taking all necessary precautions." Back to you.