Police seeking Boaz Johnson, Hawaii man wanted for questioning in death of his pregnant girlfriend, Brittany Royal
A murder investigation is under way in Hawaii after a pregnant woman from Orange County was found strangled in Hawaii.
Police are reporting that fishermen found Brittany Jane Royal’s body on Tuesday in Kalapana. The 25-year-old from Tustin was two months pregnant. Now authorities are seeking her boyfriend, Boaz Johnson, who was last seen in Puna, Hawaii.
UPDATE: Authorities have neither confirmed nor denied their interest in Johnson. Some communications with police led to the headline indicating he was a “suspect,” in the killing of Brittany Jane Royal. The correction has been made to reflect the current status in the case – more here.
Royal’s family says she had moved to Hawaii to teach yoga, and still can’t really fathom what’s happened.
“As a mother it’s the hardest thing to imagine, losing a child and especially in a way like this,” said Royal’s mother, Julie Spahn Royal.
Johnson, age 22, Royal’s boyfriend has been missing since Monday, when the couple went camping together. Around noon that day was the last time the family heard from Johnson.
Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts contact Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or[email protected].
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe.