Hawaii Police find remains belonging to missing Spring Valley man

Posted at 5:56 PM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 20:57:14-05

(KGTV) - Hawaii police have confirmed human remains found earlier this week are of a missing Spring Valley man swept away in a river with his wife last month.

George, 61, and Gladys Novinger, 62, were both swept away as they crossed a river in Rainbow Falls State Park in Hilo, Hawaii, police said.

Police found Gladys Novinger on Nov. 25, in a pool below Rainbow Falls on the Wailuku River. She was taken to Hilo Medical Center where she later died, police said.

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On Monday, George Novinger's body was found at the bottom of a 35-foot cliff along the Hilo Bay coastline, according to police. A preliminary autopsy indicated he died of drowning.

Hawaiian detectives are still investigating the incident.

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George was a former U.S. diplomat for the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service and president of Balboa Park's House of Peru. Gladys served as Honorary Consul of Peru, on the executive board of the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, and was a board member of the Boys and Girls Foundation.