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Hawaii murder: Man confesses to killing girlfriend in suicide note

Brittany Jane Royal, 25, of Tustin was found strangled off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

January 21, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Investigators in Hawaii say the murder mystery involving a pregnant woman from Orange County has been solved.

The body of 25-year-old Brittany-Jane Royal was found in the water off Kalapana in May 2013. The native of Tustin had recently moved to Hawaii.

Detectives said at a news conference on Monday that Royal was strangled by her boyfriend, 22-year-old Boaz David Johnson, during a domestic dispute.

Police searched for Johnson after a grand jury indicted him on second-degree murder last month. But on Jan. 2, his body was found hanging from a tree.

In a handwritten suicide note, which was found near his body, Johnson confessed that he strangled Royal and threw her body in the ocean, according to investigators.