Illinois man visiting Hawaii a murder suspect after body found

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SHILOH, IL (KPLR) – An Illinois man has been arrested in connection with the rape and murder of a woman in Hawaii. Curtis Hodges, 35, of Shiloh was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder while visiting the Aloha state.

A homeless man found the body of a 49-year-old woman just before 1am in downtown Hilo, HI. Police say the deceased woman had injuries. Officers say there were obvious signs of foul play.

Investigators reviewed surveillance video of the crime scene. They named Hodges as a suspect after watching the footage.

The identity of the victim has not been released. Investigators are waiting on fingerprint analysis to process.

Hodges was arrested at a hostel off Waianuenue Avenue in Hilo.  He is a registered sex offender and has a criminal record.

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