Big Island police reopen 40-year-old murder probe

Cold case one of several cases being re-evaluated using new technologies

 UPDATED 2:19 PM HST Sep 03, 2013
HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island detectives are re-evaluating evidence using new technologies in a 40-year-old murder investigation, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

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

This investigation is one of several cold cases that are being re-evaluated with current technology.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Shawn Tingle at 326-4646, extension 277, or You 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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