Police identify body of Big Island murder victim

Gilman identified through dental records

 UPDATED 2:51 PM HST Jan 28, 2013
HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police have identified the remains found off the "Tree Planting Road" off Stainback Highway in Hilo as a 44-year-old Hawaiian Acres man who was initially reported missing and later determined to be a murder victim.

Dante Peter Gilman was identified through dental records.

Police are withholding a cause of death pending additional forensic analysis. Police are also working with an anthropologist from the Joint POW Accounting Command/Central Identification Laboratory from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oahu to perform additional examinations.

On Jan. 22 at about 5:18 a.m., police received an anonymous tip of a body off the "Tree Planting Road."

Police were conducting a search in the area for the body of Gilman, who was initially reported as missing.  A murder investigation into his disappearance was initiated and Claude Keone Krause and his cousin, Kawena Krause, were both charged in that case.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email him at dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.  Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID.  All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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