Hawaii Island police are investigating a suspicious death after a body, burnt beyond recognition, was found in a truck in a remote Puna subdivision.

At approximately 10 a.m. Monday Christmas Day, police and fire units responded to a reported vehicle engulfed in flames on a side road off 39th Avenue near Pohaku Drive in the Orchidland subdivision.

After extinguishing the flames, firefighters observed burnt human remains within the vehicle. Investigators were unable to immediately identify if the remains are that of male or female.

Police have reason to suspect that this incident is related to evidence located at another property, also on 39th Avenue, but near Auli?i Drive.

Detectives are continuing this investigation, which has been classified as a murder.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Kayne Keli?i at (808) 961-2378 or Kayne.kelii@hawaiicounty.gov.