Bellevue Woman Dies at Hawaii Resort, Bellevue Man in Police Custody

Hawai'i Police Department reports that Bellevue resident Susan Brockert is dead and Howard Philip Zimmerman, also of Bellevue, is in jail after a domestic violence disturbance at a resort.

A Bellevue woman is dead and a Bellevue man is in jail in Hawaii after what local police call a domestic violence disturbance at a resort on the Kohala Coast late Monday night, the Hawai'i Police Department reported.

Police arrested Howard Philip Zimmerman, 46, on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Susan Brockert, 44, according to a press release. Zimmerman and Brockert were registered at the resort together, the Hawai'i Police Department reported in a press release. (Zimmerman's name was incorrectly reported in an earlier press release from the Hawai'i Police Department.)

The resort's address was reported as 1 N. Kaniku Dr., which is the address of the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.

At 11:18 p.m. Monday May 23, South Kohala police responded to an emergency call at the resort, according to the police department's press release. Guests told resort employees about screams coming from one of the rooms, and resort security and staff rushed to the scene, where one of them witnessed a woman inside being struck on the head with an object, police said. The employees obtained entry into the room, called 911 and held the suspect until police arrived, police said.

Fire Rescue personnel took the woman to North Hawai'i Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:23 a.m. Tuesday.

The investigation is ongoing and further details would not be released, said Hawai'i Police Department spokeswoman Christine Loos.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of Brockert's death, police reported.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation, police said.


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