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Alaska Suspect in Hawaii Murder Found Dead

By Matthew F Smith, Digital Producer, msmith@ktuu.com
Published On: Jan 21 2014 09:13:05 PM AKST
Updated On: Jan 21 2014 10:27:28 PM AKST
Boaz David Johnson

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Boaz David Johnson

HONOLULU -

Big Island police say a body found hanging from a tree earlier this month is an Alaska man who strangled his pregnant girlfriend.
    
Police said Tuesday the investigation into the death of 25-year-old Brittany-Jane Royal has concluded with the suicide and confession of her boyfriend, 22-year-old Boaz David Johnson, who was a suspect in the killing.

Johnson was from Petersburg, Alaska, while Royal was from Tustin, California.
    
Johnson had been missing since May 27, one day before Royal's body was found caught in a boat's fishing line in waters off the Kalapana coast.
    
Police say dental records helped identify Johnson's body, found on Jan. 2.

Near his body, police found a notebook where he confessed to strangling Royal in a domestic dispute, and then throwing her body into the ocean.