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Hawaii police: Shiloh man allegedly stabbed woman in neck; no known motive

Curtis Q. Hodges, 35, of Shiloh was arrested and charged Aug. 14 in connection with the murder of Danielle Caron, 49, who police believe was homeless, in downtown Hilo, Hawaii.
Curtis Q. Hodges, 35, of Shiloh was arrested and charged Aug. 14 in connection with the murder of Danielle Caron, 49, who police believe was homeless, in downtown Hilo, Hawaii. Provided photo

Over two weeks after a Shiloh man was charged in connection with the murder of a woman in Hilo, Hawaii, one of the police officials investigating the case said police don’t know why Curtis Q. Hodges did it.

“I don’t know why he did it. Why do people do what they do?” Hawaii County Police Capt. Robert Wagner said.

Hodges, 35, of Shiloh was arrested and charged Aug. 14, just hours after Danielle Caron, a 49-year-old woman who police believe was homeless, was found unresponsive and suffering from stab wounds outside a business shortly after midnight in downtown Hilo. Police said security camera footage from nearby businesses helped them track the suspect, later identified as Hodges, to a hostel near the scene of the murder. Hodges was arrested without incident at the hostel.

Wagner said Caron suffered multiple stab wounds to her neck.

Wagner said Hodges had been staying in a downtown Hilo hostel for “no more than a month” and that police didn’t know why he came to Hawaii in the first place. He said there was no indication Hodges knew or had seen Caron before the murder.

Hodges is next due in court Sept. 22. Additional charges against Hodges may be filed following the completion of a forensic examination of Caron’s body, police said.

Contact reporter Tobias Wall at twall@bnd.com or 618-239-2501. Follow him on Twitter: @Wall_BND.

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