Police Renew Request for Information in Big Island Cold Case Homicide

November 1, 2021, 6:37 PM HST
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Valerie Ann Warshay
Valerie Ann Warshay. PC HPD

The Hawaii Police Department has asked again for information on a murder that occurred more than 40 years ago on the Big Island.

On April 23, 1978, Valerie Ann Warshay was discovered deceased at the Harry K. Brown Park in Kalapana. The manner of her death was ruled a homicide.

Ms. Warshay was 26 years old and visiting from California where she was employed as a park ranger. She had been on the island for a few weeks prior to her death.

Ms. Warshay made numerous acquaintances across the island, and was noted to be an avid hiker. She also played a flute or recorder-style woodwind at social gatherings.

Ms. Warshay’s death is still being actively investigated by the Hawai’i Police Department. Police ask that anyone who may have encountered Ms. Warshay during her stay on island, or who has information about her death, to contact Detective Derek Morimoto of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2380 or via email at [email protected], or call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.


Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 808-961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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