Police re-examining unsolved murder with new technologies


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

On March 29, 1973, 23-year-old Gayle Hook 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, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

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

Anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Shawn Tingle at 326-4646 ext. 277 or stingle@co.hawaii.hi.us. The public can also call the Police Department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311. Those 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.