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Arrest in Murder of Big Island Musician

 
Posted Friday, June 13th 2014 @ 2pm

Big Island police arrested a man in connection with the death of a traveling musician whose remains were discovered in South Kohala in March. Fifty-five-year-old Martin Frank Booth was indicted by a Kona Grand Jury earlier this week on one count of second-degree murder. Detectives arrested him at the Kona police station Thursday morning. He was in court appearing on an unrelated incident. Booth is accused of killing Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder. The 37-year-old musician was reported missing by his family in January and had not been heard from since Thanksgiving. Ryder's remains were discovered on vacant land in March and an autopsy determined he died from blunt force trauma to the head. The manner of death was homicide. Booth was in court Friday for arraignment.

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