An autopsy was conducted Wednesday on human remains found in South Kohala on Monday, according to Big Island police.
The medical examiner determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death was homicide.
Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section have reclassified the case from a coroner's inquest to a murder. They are attempting to identify the victim through forensics.
Detectives located the human remains at approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday on vacant land between Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway and Puako Beach Drive.