"Hawai'i Island's Most Wanted" episode headlines Petersburg resident
The cable access show is featuring former Petersburg resident Boaz Johnson on its program in connection with the murder of his girlfriend Brittany Royal.
According to the program’s website, Johnson is “considered dangerous” and “wanted in a murder investigation.”
Fishermen discovered Royal’s body off the Kalapana coast on May 28 of this year.A medical examiner determined she died from strangulation.
Johnson and Royal had been camping the day before her body was found.
No one has heard from Johnson since then. According to Chris Loo, Hawai’i Police Public Relations Specialist, the television program hasn’t generated any leads as to Johnson’s whereabouts.
The program first ran on July 12 and will continue to air for at least a month.
The Pilot ran a previous story on July 4 in which Hilo Criminal Investigator Lt. Greg Esteban said they were still pursuing leads on Johnson.
“Photos and evidence of the campsite have been sent to a forensic lab,” Esteban said. “As a result of the investigation so far, he is still considered a missing person but is not excluded as a suspect in this homicide case.”
According to an Associated Press report, Boaz Johnson’s parents Tom and Kathy Johnson say their son has been unfairly portrayed as a suspect.
Johnson’s sister, the report states, said a lava tour guide threatened him after Johnson showed a family the lava flows.
Loos says no other suspect has been named publicly besides Johnson.
“Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted” is produced in cooperation between police, the business community and the media.
The show is modeled after the national program “America’s Most Wanted.”