Three years after bones were discovered, and three decades after a victim died, his killer is still unknown. Now clues in this murder mystery have also gone cold.
In 2010, a routine excavation for a Manoa home remodeling project turned up something out of the ordinary.
"Workers found a sock that contained a foot and leg," said Sgt. Kim Buffett, with the Honolulu Police Department's Crimestoppers Unit.
Police then discovered the skeletal remains of a man.
Even though the victim had been shot three times in the back of his head, a forensic artist was able to piece together the rest of his skull to show what he may have looked like before he was killed.
"The skull can tell us the placement of the eyes, the nose, where the mouth is. Half the battle of a likeness is there already because the skull tells us where everything is," said artist Chun Yee.
The reconstruction could be the face of the murder victim, but so could other computer-generated looks. Investigators believed the homicide victim was a Caucasian man in his 40s to 50s, ranging anywhere from 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall.
His clothes provided other clues.
"He was wearing Panatella Levi brown pants with a blue shirt, a polo type shirt and white tube socks," said Buffett.
Another important clue came from a coin in a pocket. One found on the victim was from the year 1982, which narrowed down the range of when he could have been killed.
"We believe the range could be from 1982 to 1989, which was when the last owner bought the residence," said Buffett.
All of this information was revealed two years ago, but police are still no closer to solving this case.
"We asked the public for help and we got a lot of calls come in as people named those who were missing. We checked them all, but they were dead ends," said Buffett.
Now another plea is going out by police for people to take another look at the reconstruction, to help bring the decades-old murder case to a close.
"It just needs to spark that memory and that can lead to a name. Hopefully, that name will then lead to more information," said Buffett.
If any of the images of the victim looks familiar, Honolulu police want to hear from you - call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.