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Detectives re-evaluate 40-year-old cold case

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Hawaii 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, Gayle Hook, 23, of Napoopoo, was reported missing. On April 6, 1973, her body was found in an abandoned church pavilion in Napoopoo 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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