A 38-year-old man has died on Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after apparently committing suicide.
Officials reported that the body of Leo Adonis, who was born Gregory Michael Ure, was discovered on the caldera floor about 250 feet below Crater Rim Trail.
His father said that his son lived in Petaluma, California, but had previously lived in Pahoa.
The heartbroken father expressed that his son “really loved Hawaii” and that he had left a suicide note inside of his backpack.
On Saturday two hikers came across a backpack on the trail and notified officials. Rangers began looking for the owner Saturday night, but the search was suspended due to dangerous weather conditions.
Leo was found Sunday morning by rangers searching by helicopter.
Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said it is believed the man died from a fall, but an investigation is ongoing.
A man named Steve left a comment on the Herald’s report claiming that the 39-year-old was his nephew and that his death is difficult for him to process.
“I loved him dearly and will miss him terribly. He was a kind and gentle man who never raised a hand to anyone in anger. May god bless his eternal soul.”
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