Body dis­cov­ered in Hilo Bay iden­ti­fied as Cal­i­for­nia man

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL | HAWAII REPORT -

The body of a 61-year-old Cal­i­for­nia man who was swept away in Wailuku River has been pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied.

Hawaii is­land po­lice said the body of Ge­orge Novinger of Spring Val­ley, Calif., was dis­cov­ered Fri­day in the Wainaku area of Hilo Bay. He was iden­ti­fied by den­tal records.

Novinger and his wife, Gla­dys, fell into the water while cross­ing the river above the falls at Rain­bow Falls State Park in Hilo on Nov. 25. She was ex­tri­cated by he­li­copter from a pool be­low the falls and taken to Hilo Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where she died at 4:25 p.m. as the search for Ge­orge Novinger con­tin­ued.

Novinger’s body was found at the bot­tom of a 35-foot cliff along the shore­line, po­lice said.

“Au­top­sies on both vic­tims were per­formed, but the cause of death has been de­ferred pend­ing tox­i­col­ogy re­sults, though pre­lim­i­nary re­sults in­di­cate that both died as a re­sult of fresh­wa­ter drown­ing,” po­lice said in a news re­lease.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent is asked to call po­lice at 935-3311, or con­tact De­tec­tive Dean Uyetake at 9612379 or Dean.Uyetake@hawai­icounty.gov.

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