Hawaii Island Police Asking for Public’s Help in Solving 40-Year-Old Murder Mystery

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in connection with a 40-year-old murder investigation.

Gayle Hook

Gayle Hook

On March 29, 1973, 23-year-old Gayle Hook of Nāpoʻopoʻo was reported missing. On April 6, 1973, her body was found in an abandoned church pavilion in Nāpoʻopoʻo with a fatal gunshot wound to the left eye.

The investigation is one of several cold cases for which detectives are tasked with re-evaluating evidence using new technologies.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Shawn Tingle at 326-4646, extension 277, or stingle@co.hawaii.hi.us. Persons also may call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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