KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Police are confirming that human remains found on a vacant lot belong to a Kailua-Kona musician who had been missing since Thanksgiving.
Big Island police say dental records confirm that the remains found in South Kohala on Monday belong to 37-year-old Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder. Police say he was murdered.
An autopsy reveals the cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the head and that it was a homicide.
Hawaii News Now reports Ryder was a traveling musician, often seen playing his ukulele and as he performed along the West Hawaii coast.