• 17 Jul 2013 /  Uncategorized 60 Comments
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    Boaz Johnson, 22, is missing and considered a suspect in the strangling death of his pregnant girlfriend. The body of Brittany Jane Royal, who Johnson was camping with on the lava in Kalapana, was found discarded in the ocean the day after Memorial Day. Johnson has a tattoo of the upper body of a horse near the righst side of his abdomen. Police say he was last seen unshaven.

    By Tiffany Edwards Hunt

    Nearly two months after the body of 25-year-old Brittany Jane Royal was found in the ocean fronting the Kalapana lava viewing area, her boyfriend Boaz “Bo” Johnson is missing and considered a suspect.

    Johnson’s family say they last heard from him around 5 p.m. Monday, May 27, or Memorial Day, when he called his father to discuss a pending purchase of 10 acres adjacent to the lava flow in Kalapana.

    Johnson was set to sign papers to buy the land on May 28, but never showed up to an appointment with the Realtor, his parents said.

    Authorities pulled Brittany’s body from the water that Tuesday morning.  An autopsy report revealed she had been strangled.

    Police won’t say much to the media, but have appealed to the public for leads.

    “This is an active investigation, no one is in custody, Mr. Johnson’s whereabouts is currently unknown,” Hawaii Police Lt. Greg Esteban told Big Island Chronicle.

    At press time, police issued a statement suggesting Bo is alive, may be on this island, and is considered a suspect.

    “Hawaii Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating the 22-year-old former boyfriend of a 25-year-old woman whose body was found in waters off the Kalapana coast on May 28,” read the police statement.  “After the completion of additional follows-ups conducted in this investigation, Boaz David Johnson is now considered the suspect in the murder investigation. He may still be on the island.”

    Police describe Johnson as Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, about 150 pounds with a slim build and a fair complexion. They say he was “last seen unshaven” and “with medium-length brown hair.”   Boaz also has a tattoo of a upper body of a horse near the right side of his abdomen, according to police. “He is considered dangerous,” they wrote.

    “We have information that leads us to believe he is definitely a suspect in this case and is out there somewhere, maybe on this island,” said Capt. Robert Wagner on July 3.  “He still could be in Puna, yes.  We think he is more familar with Lower Puna than anywhere on this island.  But we don’t know where he is at.”

    Wagner added that it is possible that Boaz Johnson was able to make his way off the island.

    Shortly before 6:30 a.m., May 28, police reportedly received a call that a body was caught in a fishing line from a nearby boat. With the assistance of a Hawai?i Fire Department helicopter, the body was retrieved from the ocean and taken to a nearby landing zone, where detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section responded and commenced their investigation.

    Brittany’s body was identified through fingerprints. The medical examiner reprtedly ruled that she died as the result of strangulation.

    Documents police filed in court to obtain search warrants indicate that two days after Brittany’s body was pulled from the water, Neal Davis and Edward Elarth stopped by the Pahoa substation to share with police where the campsite of Brittany and Bo was located.

    Police then hiked out with Davis and Elarth to the lava field fronting Kaawaloa Estate and located the campsite.

    “While walking along a recent lava flow approximately 100 yards south of the campsite, your affiant observed what appeared to be human hair and human tissue along the lava leading in the makai direction,” Detective Robert Almeida wrote in a request to search the campsite. “This hair appeared to be similar in appearance and length to the victim’s hair in this investigation.”

    Almeida also noted the fact that Officer Brian Markham, “while walking through a possible trail leading through the forested kipuka in a makai direction” discovered “a black colored backpack with a cell phone next to it and a knife with an approximately 5 inch blade next to the cell phone.”  In that backpack, Markham found an Alaska state identification card for Bo, Almeida wrote.

    Meanwhile, Elarth, or “Kalapana Ed” as he refers to himself, has told sources that he talked with Bo the morning that Brittany’s body was pulled from the water.

    “I believe this is a police matter,” Elarth responded, when BIC sought an “on-camera” interview with him.  “If police say it’s okay — this is getting way out of control!”  Elarth noted a June 8 Hawaii Tribune-Herald story in which the Johnson family, here on the island at the time, suggested Bo may have suffered the same fate as Brittany and that there could be a tie with one of the lava tour companies.  “With what was in the paper, I’m not throwing any more heat in the fire.  I’m going to let the police take care of this,” Kalapana Ed said, before hanging up on this reporter.

    Asked about Elarth’s claim, Esteban put this reporter on hold momentarily, then came back on the line, saying, “This is an active investigation.  We’re in the process of acquiring data or records through subpoena.  It’s a standard practice.”

    The Johnson family has been in close touch with this reporter, and has shared that in the time they were on Hawaii Island, police kept them under constant surveillance.  Bo’s parents Kathy and Tom Johnson, their son Mark, and their family friend Matt Hale left out of Kona International Airport on Thursday, June 13, with police following them all the way to the airport, they said.  According to Kathy and Tom, undercover police officers approached Mark in the airport, asked him to present his identification and had him remove his tee shirt to positively confirm he wasn’t Bo trying to board an airplane.

    Mark and Matt are back where they reside in Illinois and Kathy and Tom Johnson are at home in Petersburg, Ill., largely because they were so unnerved on the island with police following them around constantly, and then being so evasive with them whenever they have sought information about the case.

    But the Johnson family continues from afar to try and figure out what happened to Boaz and Brittany.

    The Johnson family is horrified that police are focusing on their son as a suspect, since they believe he is either a victim alongside his girlfriend, or hiding out from whoever killed Brittany.

    Even after the July 3 press release, Sarah Johnson was defensive of her brother.

    “The Johnson family stands behind Bo’s innocence, as we have from the beginning.  We know Bo and his character,” Sarah Johnson wrote on BIC’s website.

    “I certainly hope it’s true that he’s alive,” Kathy Johnson told BIC July 3.  “I wish they would be more forthcoming on why they believe that,” she added of police.

    Tom Johnson said he and his wife talked with a detective a couple of days before the release was issued. They asked the detective if police knew whether Boaz was alive or dead.  “He couldn’t answer that,” Tom Johnson said.

    Tom, having read through the search warrant documents, found it signficant that two tents were mentioned.

    Both families are undisputed about the fact that Brittany and Bo stayed in a yellow and grey tent.  But the search warrant documents refer to an orange and grey tent.  The Johnsons note that, according to the search warrant documents, the orange and grey tent had trace blood evidence, two clotheslines hanging from it, and rope in it that matched the rope used on Brittany’s neck.

    “We know there are two campsites that they checked, according to their documents,” Tom Johnson said.

    “I’m really wondering who the person was in that second tent,” Kathy Johnson said.

    “It just seems like a progression to me,” Kathy added.  “It’s really not surprising, with all the talk, that they would go toward blaming Bo for Brittany’s murder.  I sure would like to know what the evidence is, what they’re going by.”

    “The most important thing for him were two things, getting that land the next day — he wouldn’t have missed that for the world, that’s why I don’t think he is alive — and getting Brittany comfortable,” Tom Johnson said.  “She had nausea, morning sickness, and he was concerned,” Tom added. “When he didn’t show (at the Realtor’s Office on May 28), that was the indicator right there that something was wrong.  I hope he is alive, I can’t say that, I’m 50-50 on that.”

    “It could have to do with DNA evidence, it could have to do with the phone records,” Kathy Johnson said, noting that everything is speculation until police explain the evidence they have to say that Boaz is a “suspect.”

    “We don’t know how to react,” Kathy Johnson said.

    The Johnson family described Boaz as a naturalist who could shimmy any coconut tree who was deeply in love with Brittany, who was an estimated three months pregnant.  They say Boaz planned to wanted to make a life with Brittany in Kalapana.

    Boaz brought Brittany to Alaska in late April, so he could introduce her to his family.  For a few months before the Alaska trip, the couple and Boaz’s sister Ruth rented a house for $700 per month in a kipuka out on the lava field.

    The house was surrounded by lava and did not have any vehicular access; none of them had a vehicle.  They hitchhiked or caught rides from friends, and hauled their supplies out to the house in backpacks.

    While Boaz and Brittany were staying with the Johnson family in Alaska, Brittany took a pregnancy test and announced that she was expecting. They went on to see Brittany’s family in Tustin, Calif., before returning to the Big Island after Mother’s Day.

    “Brittany was like-minded.  They fit together pretty good,” Tom Johnson said.

    Kathy Johnson recalls that Brittany had “an extraordinary voice — a beautiful singing voice.” Boaz and Brittany both played the guitar and ukulele and, during the Alaska visit, they played music with some of Boaz’s siblings. (The Johnsons have 12 children in all.)

    Brittany was into yoga and meditation, and Boaz got into the same after he started dating her, said Matt Hale, a longtime friend of Boaz’s from Illinois who visited Brittany and Boaz in April while they were renting the Kalapana house (12-5495 Lokelani).

    When they came to visit the Johnson family in Alaska, Boaz and Brittany had sent themselves a box of food, so they could eat like they did on the Big Island.  Kathy Johnson recalls the box included coconut oil and “bean sprouts” — they apparently ate a lot of bean sprouts, “and sweet potatoes,” Kathy Johnson added.

    The couple wasn’t vegetarian, but the food in Alaska is quite different than it is in Hawaii, and Boaz explained to the family that they didn’t want to “shock their system” by changing their diet so drastically on the trip.

    Brittany and Boaz were very holistic and concerned about what they put in their bodies, so they weren’t really the type of people who regularly consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana or did any mind-altering drugs, Matt Hale said.  He recalls that, when he came out to visit the couple in April before Boaz and Brittany went to Alaska, Boaz trekked over to the Kaimu Corner Store to get Matt a six pack of beer because he knew Matt liked beer.

    Living out on the lava like they were, they would get up when the sun came up, and they would go to bed when the sun went down, Matt Hale observed.

    Meanwhile, according to search warrant documents, police got at least one false lead from the manager of short-term rentals behind Pahoa Village Cafe.  Katherine Merck suggested to police that a man who had been staying in one of the units and left some belongings behind could have been Boaz.  Police searched the PVC unit and seized the belongings. But ultimately located the individual who had rented the unit, and determined Boaz was not using his name as an alias.  Wagner confirmed on July 3 that the PGV lead was “not viable.”

    Anyone with information about this case should immediately call the police.

    Other threads:

    www.bigislandchronicle.com/2013/06/13/puna-news-johnson-family-seeks-the-truth-about-what-happened-to-their-son-and-his-pregnant-girlfriend

    www.bigislandchronicle.com/2013/06/17/hawaii-news-still-missing-two-weeks-later-boaz-johnson-considered-a-suspect-in-the-brittany-royal-murder

    www.bigislandchronicle.com/2013/06/27/puna-news-a-look-into-search-warrant-requests-in-the-brittany-royal-murder-case

    Posted by Tiffany Edwards Hunt @ 11:29 am

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  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    The hair that Almeida reported looking similar to the victim’s (Brittany’s) hair, could look just as much like Bo’s as hers. They Had the exact same hair color(brown with highlights from the sun) and they had the same length too. I am sure it looked like Brittany’s but that really can’t be confirmed until the DNA test results are back. Even if they are back, I don’t suppose we will ever know the results until someone is charged with the crime and this case goes to trial.

  • michael Says:

    My friends that have property on the lava swears that there was a 3rd person hanging with them, has anyone heard of this?

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    Michael, can you please find out more details (if possible) about this.

  • TruthSeeker11 Says:

    It has been told to the Royal family by someone who is close to this case and who knew Brittany and Bo, that several people were hanging out with and/or camping with Brittany and Bo in the days leading up to the murder. It was said that “three” people were with Brittany and Bo; two men and a woman. The woman apparently looked so much like Brittany, the witness said he thought it was her sister. He also said that the woman left the campsite “before” the murder took place. So, yes, there has been talk of someone or some people being at the campsite/crime scene in the days prior to or up to the murder. WHO WERE THEY? Asking and determining who the last person/people to see Brittany (and possibly Bo) alive were is standard police work. Cops always try to establish that. Who was the last person to see them both alive together? WHO WAS AT THE CAMPSITE? Not saying these people or person had anything to do with the murder, necessarily, but they could certainly testify to the how things were going for Brittany and Bo. Their states of mind, etc. Weird that these OTHERS have not come forward to say they were with Brittany and Bo right before this all happened. It is natural for someone to say, “I can’t beleive this happened…I was just with Brittany and Bo right before this all happened.” But no one has claimed that… WHY?

  • MiloliiSec Says:

    @BrittanysMom May God grace you with resolve and strength to find the truth to this great misery. Many people here want to find closure to this, for Brittany, her family, our community and our keiki.

    With Bo as the prime suspect (I believe this is based on conjecture that a phone call was received by Bo after Brittany’s body was recovered. If this is true, I can’t deduce any good reason why anyone else (would be murder(ers) would have answered that phone. In the absense of any other forthcoming witnesses to the murder of Brittany, that phone call being answered by anyone’s else other than Bo just doesn’t make any sense. Also, would the caller have not suspected further if he had any suspicions that he was not speaking to Bo on that call. It is exceedingly difficult to mimic someone else’s voice.

    Based on when this call was made and received, I believe it was before the planned meeting he was making with the real estate agent as relayed by Bo’s family and at this point his family was no longer able to make phone contact with him and soon there after reported him missing. It is this sequence of events that casts a large shadow against Bo Johnson.

    As much as everyone in this island community searches for answers to this, we also need to refrain from over speculation and false accusations. I Remember the case around Chris Randrups murder and how so many speculated on it being random violence of thugs with no evidence of that, and the most obviouse evidence being produced by his father in the following days after Chris was found. Ultimately it was his father that was responsible for his sons death as mush as no one wanted to fathom that. The truth is that most violent crimes happen from someone we know and very often someone very close.

    This is a sad situation and I only hope truth reveals itself soon.

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    I have also heard that there were other people camping with Brittany and Bo that week. A Big Island local has said that it was Brittany’s sister(s) camping with Bo and Brittany. Brittany has two half sisters from her biological father’s side. His name is Todd and he lives in the Caribbean. I don’t know where those two daughters are currently living. I believe one of the daughters is named Summer. Whether or not Brittany’s sisters were the people camping with them, it could explain the extra tent(orange.) The Johnson family only knew Bo and Brittany to be staying in the yellow and grey tent that Brittany’s Grandpa bought as a gift to Bo and Brittany when they visited California. So where did the orange tent come from? Who was staying in the tent? If whoever stayed in the orange tent was there with Bo and Brittany, could they be hurt/dead too? If they weren’t hurt or dead, how come they never returned for their orange tent and belongings? And if they weren’t Brittany and Bo’s friends and completely uninvolved, why would they leave their orange tent and campsite unattended?

  • Jasper Says:

    ya know, not everyone around here pays attention to the media and local events.
    I don’t watch TV, buy ‘newspapers’ (because it’s old news by the time you get it.) listen to local commercial radio or hang out in bars/street/stores where ever people talk about such things.
    If I didn’t see it here I’d never have known.
    Just like the list of other Missing Persons that have been posted on Tif’s blog.
    Just put in “Missing Person” into her search window at the top of the Home page to see what I mean.

    IF you are camping, you are usually disconnected from media, reception? Current local business and information.

    I’ve not heard one person mention this tragedy in passing conversation.

  • Kathleen Hancock Says:

    The police report said there were no other campsites nearby. The orange tent and the yellow tent are just two descriptions of the same tent, the one Brittany lived in, if you read the descriptions closely.

    Has anyone found even one police report that says there were two tents? I read all of the warrant applications Tiffany published and I?ve read all the articles, and not a single one talks about two tents.

    I just think the two tent idea is a figment that is not going to help you, since it is non-existent.

    I mean, maybe someone else was around there, that could have been, but there was only one campsite by the time the police got there and started describing what they found.

    Unlike Jasper, I can say that someone did mention the tragedy to me in passing conversation this week. Way up here north of Hilo. Everyone has a theory. So far, every person I?ve heard expound on their theory has said that they think Bo was killed too.

    These people are not the police or detectives, and I?m not saying they are right, but it?s interesting how all the regular people I know figure that Bo went “into the lava” or into a lava puka, or over the cliff.

    I guess they don?t think he seems like a callous killer, and they do believe that sketchy things can happen when you?re camping out in the lava fields.

  • smart_cookie Says:

    I also had a conversation with someone who works in law enforcement and has a masters in forensic science about this case. Her theory was also that there was more people there than just bo and Brittany. There seem to be an entire subculture down Kalapana not with the locals but rather non-locals rainbow fest kind:/ People know more than they are saying. Unfortunately its a shady lot.

  • MiloliiSec Says:

    @Sarah Johnson Let us hope that the whereabouts of your brother are revealed be he alive or perished so more information and clues can be found to bring closure to Brittany’s family loss, your own and hopefully new accurate information that tells how Brittany was killed and why.

    As far the Johnson family’s feeling of being put under the microscope by HPD in addition to being “…horrified that police are focusing on their son as a suspect, since they believe he is either a victim alongside his girlfriend, or hiding out from whoever killed Brittany.” – as this case has unfolded it would be noted that the sole source of any of the implications that Brittany was murdered by outside nefarious individuals first came from the insertion of that idea by members of Bo’s family through commenting sections in various articles spread across the web, most notably here, Punaweb and the Star Advertizer. Any of the information regarding the purchasing of land, starting a lava touring business has come from various members of your family, whereas the contentions held by BrittanysMOM commenting both here in BIC and on the Punaweb maintains that she has no previous knowledge of this.

    http://www.punaweb.org/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16480&whichpage=19

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20130612_Family_of_missing_man_suspects_foul_play.html

    Now in this forum Sarah Johnson is implicating by pure conjecture the revealing of private members of Brittany’s family to be at or around their campsite in previous days to Brittany’s killing???! That is beyond absurd and must be really hurtful to Brittany’s family. So it would seem clear why the police would be wise to follow the Johnson family for clues and information as it seems that at many opportunities there is this constant corroboration to cast their son in any light other than possibly being responsible and further implicating anyone by this gross insertion on the web into the public forum and discussion.

    Looking deeper into the background and sequence of events regarding this contended land purchase, as that seems to be the main area of activity that set in motion Bo’s being reported missing, because at this point in time the Johnson family had no knowledge that Brittany’s body was recovered and Brittany’s family had no knowledge of either the fate of their daughter or that Bo was missing. It is in this time frame of events, that the Johnson family having spoken to their son only the previous day on Monday the 27th around noon and the recovery of Brittany’s body at 6:28 am Tuesday the 28, this close time gap of less than 18 hours is when this crime happened, given the information we the public have. However we do not fully know the details of the as of yet unreleased coroner investigation was done immediately following the recovery of Brittany’s body before she had been identified or that anyone had been notified. It would have to have been determined the approximate time of death and the estimated time and duration of submersion in the ocean. That information would close this time gap further and reveal the approximate time of her death in relation to the time that Bo last spoke to his family. Therein this information, and this is the only area that I personally focus and speculate on, may hold a very close time-frame if not further damaging evidence against Bo Johnson.

    Without adding further speculation, I do think it is good to ask a good range of further questions that would bring more information on the full complexities of these young peoples lives and what could have lead up to a murder and a disappearance. We do know they were in an extended relationship, that they met here on the big island, they they were known to camp together, and that Brittany was pregnant. We do have accounts from family members on both sides that they had plans to remain together and settle on the big island, however with the questions that BrittasnsMOM raises as to her having no knowledge of her daughter being involved in the purchasing of land and nor starting any type of business together, much of the future plans for the couple remain unknowable.

    A range of questions I have looking into the background of these young peoples lives and perhaps some of them can be answered are, when exactly did Brittany and Bo meet for the first time and in what circumstance? How long had each of them been separately been on the big island before they met? Did they only travel here on the big island or other islands before they met? Did Brittany or Bo travel or stay for extended times on different areas of the island before they met or during their relationship? Where did Brittany of Bo reside before they met? Did they at one time own separate tents individually? During their relationship, did they ever camp or live apart from each other? Did either of them have other friendships in Hawaii? Did either of them have any know source of income here in Hawaii? Did each of them have bank accounts? Did each of them travel here separately with previous amounts of money saved? Did they both own separate cellphone plans and separate phones? Did they both use social media like Facebook as a means of contact? I’m sure that these are all questions that investigators are in the process of fully gleaning information from and much more with far more scope than any one of us from the public eye, which can hopefully bring a closer view of what complex situations could have possibly brought about motives for this tragedy to happen.

  • MiloliiSec Says:

    EDIT: The time frame I wrote of was skewed as I was going from memory from previous news accounts, but as this article here painfully points out the time gap between the last known contact with Bo and the recovery of Brittany is that the Johnson family having spoken to their son only the previous day on Monday the 27th around 5pm and the recovery of Brittany’s body at 6:28 am Tuesday the 28, this closes the time gap to less than 13 hours to when this crime happened to her recovery, which depending on the approximation of time of death and times spent in the ocean, heaven forbid the corridor of innocence becomes even narrower if there were an overlap of the events being reported.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    Just to clarify:

    “Big Island local” said that there was a girl camping with them that “looked” liked she could be Brittany’s sister. It was not Brittany’s sister.

    There was only 1 tent in the vicinity, yellow and grey. The “orange and grey” tent are one in the same. It appears that 2 different detectives have called the same tent different colors; but they are both the same. Brittany’s dad, Ted, bought them the yellow and grey tent when they were in CA visiting; along with boots, a stove, luggage and tempurpedic mattress.

  • greg owen Says:

    i read the latest BIC newspaper….kalapana ed elrath who went to the pahoa policestation to report where the tents were…..says he spoke to bo the morning of the discovery of brittany in the ocean…if thats to be believed-and why would this individual lie-then bo was not killed at the same time as Brittany…so the theory that some local may have killed them both is a total bs ditraction…and what did bo talked to ed about anyway….blaming so called locals-and i consider myself a local -is totally bogus…do the cops believe Bo is the culprit?they have listed him as dangerous…..

  • Sarah Says:

    I will read over the court documents again, because I must have gotten the tents mixed up. It’s just another example of the information being twisted. Orange and yellow? I don’t know how they mistook the blatantly yellow tent for orange or how I got the info wrong but it happens. Anyways if anyone has any questions that i can answer about Bo and Brittany, I will do my best to answer accurately. They both arrived on the island in January. Bo flew in the last week of January. There are a few names that Bo, Ruth had mentioned of friendsor acquaintances from the island. Bo had his house for a certain amount of time before Brittany moved in. I do not know where she was staying before that. A guy named Leif was involved with Brittany during the beginnings of her stay in Hawaii. His last name is unknown to me, maybe the police have that info.

  • Kathleen Hancock Says:

    MiloliiSec,
    I enjoyed reading your list of questions to be pursued.

    To be fair to the Johnson?s, I can attest they did not start the finger pointing at locals in the media, other than by reporting the (alleged) threat that occurred while his sister was present.

    The finger pointing in comments began on the HTH story, and was done by some individual (Kalapana resident) who IMO clearly had a grudge from some other event. The Johnson?s merely picked up on it.

    Those inflammatory comments by that individual have been deleted now, so that does make it hard to follow if one did not follow the comments from the get-go.

    Explaining the phone call correctly does seem to be the crux. I cannot recall now if Kalapana Ed said whether he mentioned the body recovery before Bo (allegedly) said that he and Brittany were in Hilo. I remember reading that Ed made the call because a body had been found.

    It would have been very stupid of Bo, if he were guilty, to go with a lie about Brittany if realizing that she had been find. Lying before hearing about the body would make sense, assuming he thought she would not be found.

    Re your timeline, I think it is safe to assume that poor Brittany had not been in the water very long, due to the intense shark activity that was noted in the area. Who knows how long, but to go so far back as Bo?s last call with his parents is probably pushing it.

    It is true that murders like this are often committed by the partner, but one has to wonder what could have precipitated such a rage. It is known that Brittany was not doing well with morning sickness and camping out there, but Bo seemed solicitous of her comfort in his comments to family.

    I had thought of Brittany changing her mind about the land purchase, but she was not part of it nor contributing funds, so he could have gone ahead regardless if she had a change of heart.

    There is nothing wrong with speculation, btw, at least outside of a court of law. Human beings speculate. The important thing is to clarify what is speculation and what is presented as fact.

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    @ Kathleen Hancock, I agree with most of everything you said, and appreciate what you wrote in your last paragraph about labeling what you are speculating. It’s a good reminder for everyone, including myself.

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    There has been some momentary confusion concerning the number of tents or campsites associated with the Bo and Brittany investigation. I would like to dissolve said confusion by citing search warrants 2013-161 and 2013-162.

    This Search Warrant(2013-161) is dated 05-28-13 at 0910 hours.

    Fetuutuunai AMUIMUIA, Search Warrant No. 2013-161 reads:

    “A campsite located at GPS coordinates N19.20.799, W155.0.769, approximately 15 to 20 feet from the shore/cliff area in Kalapana, to include an orange and gray single vestibule Ozark trail tent, approximately
    6’x 6’and two clotheslines, one which was tied to tree located approximately 5′ away from the tent with clothing hung from the line in a northerly direction and another that was tied to a tree approximately 20′ away from the tent in the southeasterly direction.”

    “On 05-28-13 at 0910 hours, Detective GRANT TODD located a campsite approximately two miles north of the staging area located at GPS coordinates N19.20.799, W155.0.769, approximately 15 to 20 feet from the shoreline. The body was found in close proximity to this campsite. There were no other campsites nearby.”

    A QUICK BREATHER… so this means the body was found in close proximity to the orange tent campsite and that there were no other campsites nearby. This is also the campsite the cut clothesline was found at. This campsite was discovered 2 hours and 44 minutes after the body had been found. This orange tent campsite was unknown to the Johnson family. We only knew Brittany and Bo to be staying together in a single grey and yellow tent on a single campsite setting.

    This Search Warrant(2013-162) is dated May 30,2013.
    DETECTIVE ROBERT ALMEIDA, Search Warrant No. 2013-162 reads:

    “A campsite located at GPS coordinates 19 degrees, 21 feet, 21 inches north and 154 degrees, 58 feet, 44 inches west, in the vicinity of TMK 3-1-2-42-14, in Kalapana, Puna County and State of Hawaii, to include a yellow and gray colored tent approximately 7’x 7’in size in a cleared out forested area on the makai side of the lava field.”

    This Search Warrant is dated for May 30, 2013. The day the yellow and gray tent was found. This campsite was found by Almeida accompanied by DAVIS and ELARTH 2 days, 4 hours, and 34 minutes after Brittany’s body was found. They did not find this tent for 2 days plus.

    SARAH’S SPECULATION- search warrant 2013-161 says that there were no other campsites nearby the orange tent, and that the body was found in close proximity to the orange tent, so I am speculating that the murder took place at the orange tent. The drag marks made of “what appeared to be human hair and human tissue were 100 yards south of the campsite” (orange tent campsite) “leading in the makai direction.”I would like to remind everyone that the Detective uses the words “appeared to be human hair and human tissue.” Until test results return, we do not know if this was human or animal.

    SARAH’S CONCLUSION- From this information provided by the District Court of the Third Circuit State of Hawaii , 2013 JUN 21 AM 10:46, Clerk E. GOOVEIA, I can deduce that there were two separate tents that were different colors and dimensions on two different campsites at two different GPS coordinates.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    I would like to remind everyone that is is not only hurtful but unnecessary to name outside people that are not involved. Family members, friends etc. should NOT be named publicly in this forum. Any names should be given to the proper authorities if it is relevant; otherwise please refrain from naming others.

  • Kathleen Johnson Says:

    To michael and Brittany’s mom,

    I received a call from a witness who traveled with Brittany and Bo from Hilo to Pahoa on May 22. He was described as very skinny, not great posture, taller than Bo and Brittany, really short dark hair, short beard a little more than stubble and darker skin. He didn’t fit in with them and seemed shady.

    The HPD will not communicate with me. They have yet to return crime stopper calls. Help me find my son, he was a missing person first. Give me that hope that assures you Bo is alive.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    The only one who should be speaking on behalf of Brittany is her family (her mom, her father or brothers)no one else! She was murdered, violently and disposed of like trash over the cliff. Do NOT speak for her……………… in any way, shape or form!

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    I do not wish to harm anyone emotionally. I only wish to be truthful and bare all with anything and everything I know about Bo and Brittany. We know that Brittany is dead and Bo is missing. We know her cause of death. We don’t know the murderer or her/his motive for doing this. Until we know that, I feel that EVERYTHING is relevant and should be shared.

  • Catherine Emery Says:

    I believe Bo was killed along side Brittany.

    In my mind, he is innocent until PROVEN guilty. Not RUMORED quilty.

    I believe the real murderers are still out there and living among us in Puna.

  • Catherine Emery Says:

    I believe Bo was killed along side Brittany.

    In my mind, he is innocent until PROVEN guilty. Not RUMORED guilty.

    I believe the real murderers are still out there and living among us in Puna.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    Great news! Dateline is picking up the story! This is a process, since they do investigative reporting, but this is HUGE for us. Getting some much needed help to solve this. Justice for Brittany Jane Royal

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    Dateline will be attending Brittany’s memorial to interview family members. They will be sending employees to the Big Island to conduct interviews with anyone involved.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    Dateline hasn’t even started the production yet. All I know is that they said they were going to do the story. Nothing has begun yet.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    Sarah, I’m not sure where you got your information from, this is not true. Dateline will NOT be interviewing family members as this would be inappropriate during a memorial; although they will be filming for a future broadcast. As for them “sending employees to the Big Island to conduct interviews with anyone involved” this is news to me as they have not even assigned a producer to the case.

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    Angela from Dateline informed me that the research and pitching the story portion of the process is complete. It is now time for gathering and verifying information. She said some interviews would be conducted with family at and after the memorial for Brittany. She said that Dateline employees will be flying to the Big Island. I believe for interviews and information. Dateline is more commonly known for broadcasting stories that have been solved and have concluded. Angela said that this story may be broadcasted a month from now, or a year from now. Point being, it’s unknown right now if and when it will make it to the TV screen. Hopefully this case is resolved soon. Always praying for you, Bo.

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    I did not say “during,” that is what you said. So they will be filming? Interviews are filming…. Which makes sense, because most her family and friends, I am assuming, will be there.

    This is what I was told by Angela with Dateline. She is the woman who has done the research and pitched the story to her superiors to get this story a voice. I am only informing the BIC followers of the contents of my conversation with Dateline, nothing more.

    Just because Dateline hasn’t assigned a producer yet is no reason to assume they won’t be including the Big Island in their filming. Why wouldn’t they? It has where the murder happened. It is where they lived. It is where he is still rumored to be. I know there is so much to keep up with, and there are a lot of things that are “news to me,” too.

  • Brittany's Mom Says:

    Angela is fantastic, super nice gal. She is the one I met with for dinner initially to talk about the case with. I’m very excited to work with her.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:
  • TruthSeeker11 Says:

    I wish the family of Brittany some peace in their hearts and send blessings as they gather tomorrow to officially lay Brittany’s remains to rest in the Pacific Ocean off southern California. It’s hard to believe it’s been two months ago now, since that unimaginable day in May when this tragedy happened. Life forever changed that day. Tomorrow will dawn a new day and then a new day will follow, and then some more. I can only hope the pain subsides for the family as time moves on. So sorry…and sad today.

  • smart_cookie Says:

    Homicide Detective Kenda said strangulation deaths are often done by someone very angry yet very close to the person. The reasoning behind this is the person wants to see the victim to suffer while dying while they watch because it is a slow death and usually consists of struggle :/

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    Thank you to everyone who cares about Brittany. Yesterday we took her ashes out to sea. It was the perfect day, one that Brittany would have loved. Schools of dolphins swimming all around, surfing with our boat and surrounding her ashes and lei’s as we said our prayers to Britt. On our way back in to dock we saw a huge grey humpback whale; evidently not the time of year for them, but God had other plans. The memorial was filled with laughs and tears, remembering Brittany and her unborn child. She is gone but never forgotten.

    Peace and love!
    Justice for Brittany Jane Royal

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    Dateline is moving forward, spoke to the producer last night who has been assigned. May still be a few weeks to start the interviewing process with us, the family of Brittany. Its a longer process but every little bit helps, I hope.

    Please continue to pray for justice. And again, if anyone has any clues or leads or hears of anything worthwhile don’t hesitate to contact me confidentially at Facebook “Justice for Brittany Jane Royal”

    Peace and Love!

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    OK, lets squash the 2 tent idea. There was one and only one tent. I have read and re-read the court documents.

    On May 28th the helicopter (after rescuing Brittany) noticed a tent on the cliff and the detectives were sent out and observed the following below. They did not have a search warrant at that time. On May 29th the search warrant was requested and on May 30th they did a search of the campsite. Yes, the colors of the tent have been recorded as yellow and grey and orange and grey; however that could be a very common misinterpretation of colors. It is CLEARLY the same campsite. The documents show this.

    On 05-28-13 at 0905 hours, Detective GRANT TODD conducted aerial
    checks of the area within HFD Chopper 1 to locate evidence and identify this female
    party and witnesses of this incident.

    On 05-28-13 at 0910 hours, Detective GRANT TODD located a campsite
    approximately two miles north of the staging area located at GPS coordinates
    N19.20.799, W155.0.769, approximately 15 to 20 feet from the shore/cliff area in
    Kalapana with a view of the ocean and shoreline. The body was found in close
    proximity to this campsite. There were no other campsites nearby.

    On 05-28-13 at 1000 hours, Detectives ALMEIDA and TODD arrived at
    this campsite located at N19.20.799, W155.0.769 and observed an orange and gray
    single vestibule Ozark trail tent approximately 6′ x6′ with several items of clothing
    hanging from a clothesline strung up between two trees directly north of the tent about
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    five feet away. Detective ALMEIDA and TODD also observed a second clothesline
    which was approximately 20′ away from the tent which was tied to two trees in the
    southeasterly direction. The second clothesline was observed to be cut with nothing
    attached to it. Detectives also observed arecently used fire pit at this campsite. During
    their area checks/investigation, Detectives TODD and ALMEIDA looked at the clothes
    on the clothesline and the back of the tent and observed possible trace blood evidence
    on these items. Detective GRANT TODD, attempting to locate witnesses to this
    incident, called out to any possible occupants within this tent and received no answer.
    Detective TODD, in an effort to check on the welfare of any other possible victims and
    for the safety of officers, then looked into the tent and determined that there were no
    occupants/victims within but did observe a bundled nylon fiber-type rope within the tent.
    The width of the rope was consistent with the marks found on the body. Detective
    TODD also observed bags and other personal property within the tent that may be belong
    to the victim.

    On 05-29-13 at 0800 hours, an autopsy was performed by Dr. ALVIN
    OMORI; and he determined that the cause of death was asphyxia due to strangulation,
    and the manner of death is a Homicide.

    Your affiant is requesting the issuance of this search warrant to recover
    the tent, an orange and gray single vestibule Ozark trail tent, approximately 6′ x6′ and
    its contents for articles of personal property such as identification, cancelled mail

    That on May 30, 2013, at approximately 1050 hours, your affiant, accompanied
    by DAVIS and ELARTH, proceeded to walk in a southerly direction through the lava field for
    approximately 10 minutes whereas at approximately 1100 hours we came upon a yellow and
    gray colored tent approximately 7’x7′ in size in a cleared out forested area on the makai side of
    the lava field. This area is located at GPS coordinates 19 degrees, 21 feet, 21 inches north and
    154 degrees, 58 feet, 44 inches west. It is in the vicinity of TMK 3-1-2-42-14. It is in a cleared
    out area of a kipuka just south of a recent lava flow.
    That upon arrival at the campsite, officers announced our arrival and called out to
    any possible occupants within the area and received no answer. For officer’s safety and in an
    effort to locate any possible victims, witnesses or people in need, a cursory check was made by
    unzipping the tent entry and glancing in. No one was within and tent was resecured.

  • Kathleen Hancock Says:

    Hi Britt?s Mom,
    I continue to feel sorrow for your loss and lack of closure, and am glad Dateline is moving forward for you.

    About the tent or tents — I am one who thought the court docs described the same one in different ways, on first look.

    However, I decided to go through all the affidavits and warrant requests line by line and made a timeline, and I now feel strongly there are two tents. I can try to post this as a comment.

    My reasoning is this, and I am completely setting aside the GPS coordinates and tent colors and sizes as subject to error and subjectivity:

    1) TWO separate search warrants were issued to search a tent, the first from Judge Kuwahara, and the second from Judge Freitas.

    2) Detective Almeida was the common thread in both searches. He arrived at campsite A “orange tent” prior to getting a warrant on May 28th, so he knew exactly what and where on the first campground. The first warrant was executed May 29th on the campsite that was found by aerial search near where Brittany was found.

    May 30
    Det. Almeida was led overland by Elarth and Davis to the campsite they identified as Brittany and Bo?s. This yellow and black tent is also unzipped to check briefly and the detectives go over the outside. All of this is not compatible with Almeida returning to the same site he had searched.

    After noting possible evidence (see below), Almeida requests a search warrant. In his affidavit, he says the police have already searched a campsite on May 29. Not “this” campsite, “a” campsite.

    The second warrant request should have made it clear that it was for a repeat search, if it was, and why a second search was needed. The second warrant authorized police to look for several of the same items in the tent as were in the first search warrant, which would have been redundant.

    Also, Det. Almeida did not attach a copy of the first warrant or affidavits for Judge Freitas, as surely he should have if the tent had already been searched and they wanted to return.

    Judge Freitas granted the second warrant on May 30.

    The two campsites did not have the same evidence.
    1) Campsite A had the clotheslines, one cut, the blood on the clothes, blood on the tent, and the rope inside the tent.

    2) Campsite B is where they noted the dragmarks, the skin and hair, and Bo?s ID, backpack, and a knife in the kipuka.

    If you separate out the affidavits, you can see that both campsites had blood evidence, but different evidence, which is surely very interesting.

    I realize that the first search said there were no other campsites around (just the orange tent), but they were talking about the area near the lava ocean entry where Brittany was found. Brittany must have traveled via currents to that spot. (I am sorry to speak of this.) So the campsites had enough separation to where they were not right in the same area, and the Bo/Brittany tent was not found until Kalapana Ed let the police to it.

    Final note: the police cordoned off the yellow tent after finding the drag marks and the evidence in the kipuka, and hearing of the fingerprint ID. They then asked for the second warrant. Surely they would have already cordoned off the tent and area if they had searched it before. After all, they did find blood on clothes and the tent, and rope that appeared the right width for the crime.

    They would not wait two days to do this. They searched two campsites.

    There is a newspaper article where the police (Medeiros IIRC), says that the police searched “three” locations. The third would be the Pahoa hostel.

    If this does not convince, feel free to discuss why not! I only want you to find the truth, and it seems important to me to know if there was evidence of violence at two separate sites.

  • Kathleen Hancock Says:

    Here is the timeline I put together from the court docs:
    (I tried to speak impersonally for the sake of clarity, so please do not be offended anyone of either family.)
    ——-

    MAY 27
    Noon Time reported by Kathleen Johnson last spoke to Bo Johnson.

    May 28
    (statement of observations from 5/29 Affidavit of Det. Amuimuia in Warrant Request from Judge Kuwahara)

    6:26 AM Fire dispatch notified Body found
    Body location is given as GPS coord. N19.19.238, W155.0.769

    9:05 AM Detective Grant Todd conduct aerial checks with HFD chopper.

    9:10 AM Det Todd locates a campsite at GPS N 19.20.799, Wi55.0.769, 15-20 feet from water.
    Orange and gray tent.
    Close proximity to where body was found.
    No other campsites nearby.

    10 AM Det. Todd and Almeida arrive at this campsite.
    Orange and gray single vestibule Ozark trail tent appox. 6X6.

    Two clotheslines, one tied to tree 5? away from tent w/clothing, second tied to tree 20? to SE of tent, cut, no clothing.

    Possible blood on clothing on first line and on back of tent.

    Det Todd (who has previously viewed the recovered body), notes bundle of nylon rope inside tent, consistent with width of marks on her neck, which he had personally viewed.

    MAY 28 Boaz Johnson supposed to sign at title company

    MAY 28 “Kalapana Ed” Elarth states he spoke with Boaz Johnson by phone (presumedly at Bo?s number, because Ed initiated the call), after hearing a body had been found.

    MAY 29

    8:00 AM Autopsy rules homicide by strangulation.

    11:23 AM Affidavit by Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia requesting search warrant from Judge Kuwahara.

    Gives GPS coordinates of N 19.20.799, Wi55.0.769, 15-20 feet from shoreline, location of the “orange and gray” tent with the clotheslines nearby.

    Looking for nylon fiber rope among other things.
    Search warrant was issued by Judge David Kuwahara

    (note from Exhibit A attached to request for Freitas warrant, written by Det. Almeida.)
    Warrant was already executed on “a campsite” in the Kalapana lava field. Yet he is requesting another warrant.)

    7:45 PM Kathleen Johnson reports Bo Johnson missing to Robert Almeida, missing persons report initiated.

    MAY 30 (from Exhibit A attached to request for Freitas warrant)

    8:30 AM Sergeant Derr contacts Detective Robert Almeida, saying Neal Davis and Edward Elarth have info as to loaction of Bo and Brittany?s campsite.

    Office Matsumura goes with Almeida, Davis and Elarth to Ka?awaloa Estate and walk south 10 minutes through lava field.

    11:00 AM Comes to gray and yellow tent 7×7, stated by detective to be GPS 19.21.21 N, 154.58.44 W TMK 3-1-2-42-14

    Tent is unzipped and verified unoccupied but not searched.

    Elarth and Davis verify that this is indeed Royal and Johnson campsite (for the last two weeks).

    11:10
    Almeida observes drag marks, human hair, tissue leading makai, hair resembling victim.

    11:30
    Officer Brian Markham, walking makai through forest kipuka finds backback, cell phone, knife. Backpack contains Boaz Johnson Alaska State ID

    2:10 Det. Almeida informed victim has been ID?d as Brittany Jane Royal by Fingerprint Technician.
    Officers cordon off campsite and request search warrant from Judge Harry Freitas.

    MAY 30 (cont?d) Judge Freitas grants warrant.

    The documents stop there, but obviously there was a search conducted on the yellow and gray tent and surroundings after Freitas granted the warrant.

    Note: Det. Almeida inspected the “orange” tent campsite with the rope and the clothesline, AND he came to the “yellow” tent campsite two days later with Elarth and Davis. It is Almeida who writes the affidavit and warrant request for the yellow tent campsite.

    Almeida was at both sites. Nowhere does he say that Kalapana Ed led him to the site and tent he had already seen. When he gets there, he immediately finds evidence that was not found before, drag marks. Clearly it is not the same site where he found the clotheslines and which was subsequently searched.

    There is no way the evidence of the drag marks is going to be noticed only after two prior visits (one for recon, one for formal search).

    Police warrant request procedure would surely require Almeida to be precise and to identify in the second request that it is a repeat search.

    It is not debatable that there were two separate searches made. There were two warrants issued, and the searches were 2-3 days apart. There were also two visits to the sites that were not formal searches, one before each warrant request.

    Clearly there were two campsites searched.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    I have created a flyer MURDER/MISSING with all the information regarding Brittany’s murder and Bo’s disappearance (missing). It has all the pertinent information on it. If anyone would like to help distribute flyers please let me know (julzr_110@yahoo.com) and I will be happy to send it to you. ANY AND ALL HELP is greatly appreciated!

    Mahalo, Peace and Love,
    Julie

  • Catherine Says:

    “MAY 27
    Noon Time reported by Kathleen Johnson last spoke to Bo Johnson.

    May 28
    (statement of observations from 5/29 Affidavit of Det. Amuimuia in Warrant Request from Judge Kuwahara)

    6:26 AM Fire dispatch notified Body found”

    If Bo and Brittany where at the Black Rock the evening of May 27 – is that now factoring into the HPD’s investigations? That would make the timeline a little tighter than noon on the 27th and 6:26 Am on the 28th. It would make the window shorten from 18 hrs to anywhere from 4 hrs (2 Am black rock closes) to 11 hrs (using 7 pm as roughly the beginning of the evening).

    Also this guy who supposedly talked to bo in the morning – I havent heard any corroborating evidence like the phone lugs from Bo’s cell. And if call was not made from Bo’s cell – then whose was it made from?

    There are a lot of unanswered questions and I know maybe the HPD is keeping it close to the vest but I hope for Bo’s family’s sake, he comes of the suspect list soon (and unfortunately one way to come off it believably, and that is if his body is found somewhere unless the HPD comes up with a viable second suspect. )

    Our thoughts and prayers are for both families to find peace and closure.

  • Kathleen Johnson Says:

    Here is info to help with the timeline as per our Alaska phone record.
    5/27/13 Bo called mom 1:22 pm – 2:09 pm talked 47 mins.
    5/27/13 mom text Bo 4:14 pm
    5/27/13 Bo text mom 4:16 pm Bo’s last text to family
    5/27/13 Bo called dad 4:16 pm – 4:28 pm talked 12 mins. Bo’s last call to family.
    5/28/13 all calls and text to Bo go unanswered
    5/29/13
    1:10 pm parents call Pahoa PD to report Bo missing. Talked 7 mins.
    3:00 pm parents call Pahoa PD talked 7 mins.
    Parents book airline tickets and board jet from Alaska to Hawaii, concerned that Bo did not make his real estate meeting. The following calls were made enroute during time on the ground.
    4:02 pm parents call Pahoa PD 2 mins.
    4:06 pm parents call Pahoa PD 1 min.
    4:15 pm parents call Pahoa PD 21 mins.
    5:02 pm parents call Pahoa PD 3 mins.
    5:04 pm parents call Hilo PD 2 mins.
    5:36 pm parents call Hilo PD 2 mins.
    Thank you and Aloha, Kathy

  • Catherine Says:

    So 4:28 PM for Bo, and what about for Brittany? when was her last call/text made? Did she have her own cell or did they share one? (I know when I talk on the phone it seems my hubby wants to always say something – did anyone hear brittany in the background of bo’s calls?)

    Did they go into Island Naturals, or Sirius Coffee, and either one use a CC/Debit etc there anytime after 4:30 pm or around the time of the last call from Bo?

    Other businesses right there that they might have gone into are the laundry mat, maybe the clinic? Have any of these businesses been checked?

    I apologize for the “questioning” but I have watched this since that morning Brittany was found. I am trying to put it together in my head (or I watch too much Castle ! and think yes it can be solved!).

    I am sad that our HPD is 1) not more forthcoming with details that could help find the killers and 2) not finding the killers

  • Catherine Says:

    Does anyone know if the PD got a warrant and pulled the phone records for this call on either outgoing or incoming #?

    “MAY 28 “Kalapana Ed” Elarth states he spoke with Boaz Johnson by phone (presumedly at Bo?s number, because Ed initiated the call), after hearing a body had been found.”

    Of if like my husband’s kid’s cell – the cell is on the dad’s plan, he can sign in and look up the record of the call.

    And when we look up calls like that it says where call originated (not closely but the area) like Keaau or Hilo or ?

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    I would certainly imagine that all phone records have been pulled and looked at. What they show I don’t know.

  • Kathleen Johnson Says:

    To Catherine and Kathleen H.

    Bo and Brittany shared his phone. It was a pay as you go. During my call from Bo I heard wind in the back ground.
    The record lists where Bo bought the phone, not where Bo was when the calls were made. Sorry not much help there. Brittany’s last call to her mother was May 22 if my memory is correct?
    My gut feeling says, if Bo talked to Ed E. on May 28th, Bo would have talked his dad or mom.

    Aloha, Kathy

  • Kathleen Hancock Says:

    Thank you, Kathleen. Good info.

    Just to be clear, I wasn?t one asking questions about the phone, so not sure why the reply is to me. But thank you.

    My post above on the timeline was not an attempt to include all the info known or reported, but to put together the info in the different court docs so they weren?t confusing.

    I added in the point about when the phone call to Ed supposedly happened, only because it has been discussed so much. Interestingly, the police didn?t use that call as a basis for the second warrant.

    I think that phone records pulled on a warrant from the provider would have info on what cell tower was pinged in the call, at least. Hilo and Kalapana don?t use the same towers.

    I agree it would be great for all seeking answers to get more info on the phone calls, but it?s not something the police have a duty to release during an active investigation.

    Kathleen, thank you for posting your log. I am touched at the swiftness with which you jumped on a plane to come so far for your son. Best wishes to both families!

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    I sought out support from a mother who had a child and grandchild murdered. Her story, while different in some areas, was similar. It put into perspective the process of an investigation, the REAL process and how long it takes. Phone records, DNA, interviewing etc. For me it was reassuring to talk to someone who had first hand experience with this.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    To anyone who would like to send information regarding Brittany’s murder or Bo’s whereabouts, I have set up a PO box, you can send an old fashioned letter. Any tips or leads would be greatly appreciated! Mahalo, Peace and Love

    Justice for Brittany Jane Royal
    c/o Julie Royal
    PMB 174
    14311 Newport Ave., Ste. G
    Tustin, CA 92780-5662

  • Brittanys MOM Says:
  • lisa marie Says:

    @ Smart Cookie, maybe you should change your online name. Anyone who was born and raised on Big I, or have lived there for any length of time, have seen people get “choked out” just for fun, sometimes by someone they know, sometimes by someone they have looked at the wrong way. While strangulation deaths being done by someone close to a person may be logical and statistically accurate (according to mainland statistics and criminal education), there are many things which defy logic, one of which could potentially be a violent, drug filled culture which can be hostile to outsiders. The other thing which defies this logic is the fact that Bo cannot be found. As we all know, Puna is small, and the fact that he has not been sited is eerie. I can’t imagine someone hiding him out under these circumstances, and if no one is helping him, how is he living? I don’t see him to be the type to live off hunting pig, and if were there would be evidence of that. Fishing takes a while, and the risk of being seen fishing off shore, or in the water, would be great, as our coastlines have activity not just sunrise to sunset, but all throughout the night for night-fishing. The idea that Bo did this to Brittany, to me, is just ludicrous. I’ve seen enough local on haole violence go down to know better. The timing is eerie, and people talk. People always know a lot more about you in Puna than you would think. Someone knew about the purchase of that land, knew perhaps about Bo’s wanting to be a lava field tour guide, knew it would cut into local resources and revenue, and did not want them there to stay. This is a common local attitude. Come, visit, spend your money, and leave, but please do not stay! While it may appear haoles and locals get along somewhat in Puna, there are plenty of locals trying to fight that tide. Bo and Brittany came across the wrong person/people, were too open about what they were doing, said too much, and I believe they lost their lives for it. There are plenty of locals who will act like your friend one minute, and turn around and snap the next, particularly if they are using ice. They trusted the wrong person.

  • Mindy Says:

    This is such a shame. I hope whoever is responsible for this is brought to justice. All of Petersburg is praying.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    Thank you Mindy! Its been almost 4 months since Brittany was murdered and found. The pain is terrible. We certainly want whomever is responsible to be found, arrested and pay for taking her life and the life of her unborn child.
    Peace and Love!
    Julie

  • Kathleen Hancock Says:

    I want that too, for you the bereaved, and for our community.

    It pains me though, to see you suffering over the amount of time it is taking, with expectations that are not realistic if you look at most similar crimes that occur here, by which I mean crimes without immediate witnesses who are willing to talk, witnesses who are not part of the crime or close to those who are.

    Four months is not long at all for this type of situation, if the murderer is part of this community. Years is the norm. Someday, someone who knows will slip, or will get angry at someone who is being protected by silence, or will cut a deal.

    If the people who know the truth were the type of people who do the right thing, they would already have done the right thing. You know? So you?re in the sad position of waiting for morally bankrupt or intimidated people to have some change in circumstance that will cause them to speak. That can be a long wait.

    I urged you to read “Murder in Paradise,” not only to sympathize with that family, but to understand what you are dealing with. To me that is the gift of that particular book, how it explicates the way communities here hold onto secrets, the barriers faced by law enforcement.

    IF Bo did this, then most likely he will be caught, and you will get closure sooner, but I think everyone I know except maybe one person who has heard the story, immediately thinks he was also a victim. Most think that he was first framed for Brittany, then put into something like lava that would tell no tales, so that the police would go after him instead of looking for the person or persons who murdered a couple.

    A lot of people think that is what happened.
    Obviously, it there is some real evidence pointing to him that has not been released, that is incorrect, but just from what has been made public, it looks like another crime somewhat like the Dana Ireland story.

    I wish you the best and the soonest closure. I support you pushing for action and answers as hard as you can. I just hate to see you counting each month as a milestone, when this situation could continue for a long time.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    Kathleen, thank you for expressing, again, your condolences. For me, I have resolved myself to the fact that this is not going to happen overnight. From talking with many other families in this situation this is the norm. And not just on the Island.

    I do believe that no matter who is the killer of Brittany time will tell. Through evidence, DNA or, like you said, someone slipping up. It happens and I WILL be patient. I will no persecute myself with the “what ifs.” My job as Brittany’s mother is to love her memory and continue to pray for justice for her and her baby.

    The milestones I count isn’t because her killer has not been caught, just the simple fact of her being gone for X amount of time. That will never change. There will always be milestones: her Birthday (November 26), the 1st Thanksgiving without her, the 1st Christmas without her, when her baby would have been born; the list goes on and on. Life will never be the same without her; but life does go on. I have a wonderful husband Jeff and 2 fabulous sons, Sky and Zack. And my family. I will not let that bastard who took Brittany and her baby take my life too!

    Mahalo again for the Aloha and love!
    Peace and Love,
    Julie

  • Kathleen Hancock Says:

    I so admire your attitude, Julie.
    I understand about the milestones. I have friends who lost their three year old to leukemia this year, who just celebrated his fourth birthday. They mark each milestone of his life by month and by anniversary, both the happy and the sad ones, and hold events, and write beautifully on their blog. And through them, this last year, I have become aware of many parents who are grieving and remembering.

    What you have been through is pain that I can only try to imagine. I know I cannot feel it as you do.
    I also have hopes that something will break sooner rather than later, but being prepared to wait is a good attitude I think.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    Yup, Kathleen that is pretty much the jest of it!

  • Mark P Says:

    I’m trying to contact Ed Elarth, I have not heard from him for sometime now, I live in California, Ed and I grew up together, “Kalapana Ed” Elarth, Please email polishone@cox.net, Thank you

  • Kalapana born and raised Says:

    Down Kalapana Lava flows is a scary place for a “haole” to be living, and buying up 10 acres… No disrespect to haoles, as im one myself, as in white, but i am local. Some locals down there are very territorial, and dont like it when what they think is there homeland, is bought up by foreigners. Is it coincidence that this missing person and murder came up a day before signing the land in there name??? Do you really think a to be father would murder his pregnant wife, when they are trying to buy land to make a future??? Would he leave out his knife and his bag, if he was a killer??? I think whoever is to blame for (these) murders is someone that lives right next to those 10 acres, and has access to a boat, maybe a lava tours boat… Someone strong, that has access to a boat, and that lives closeby, is the only way this couldve been done in my opinion. Comeon investigators wtf! Sincere condolences to the victims familys

  • Greg Says:

    Here we go again; Ignore the evidence in favor of racist speculation.

  • Ken Says:

    As Greg rightfully mentions, this murder has been solved.

    However, with that being said, lets explore as Kalapana born and raised states: “Some locals down there are very territorial……” and then continues with “…..and dont like it when what they think is there homeland, is bought up by foreigners.”

    OK – so then – if that’s the case, here is my question. What’s worse, the “white man” who buys, or the “local” who just sold out?

    If we must stoop to the “knuckle draggers” who consistently have to through the “white man” turd on the table as the problem here, then let’s put every nasty OTHER piece of shit on the table as well.

    Now – back to reality – Bo murdered Brittany.

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