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Big Island police renew request for information about nearly 40-year-old unsolved Hilo murder

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Based on new information, the Hawai‘i Police Department has renewed its request for information in connection with a nearly 40-year-old murder case in Hilo.

Sketch of what the person of interest in an unsolved murder case in Hilo looked looked like in 1987. (Courtesy of the Hawai‘i Police Department)

At 10 p.m. May 1, 1987, Hilo patrol officers responded to a home in the 500 block of Kanoelehua Avenue for a report of a missing female. Officers learned that 26-year-old Lynn Ebisuzaki, who was visiting the home, was last seen exiting the residence at 9:15 p.m. and failed to return.

Conducting a search of the property and adjoining properties, officers eventually located Ebisuzaki’s lifeless body. An autopsy determined she died as a result of a stab wound and her death was ruled a homicide.

Detectives from Hawai‘i Police Department’s Unsolved Homicides Unit received new information from witnesses regarding an unknown man who was seen arguing with Ebisuzaki some time prior to her death at a church in the 1800 block of Kino‘ole Street. A composite sketch of the unknown male was produced with assistance of a graphic artist from the Honolulu Police Department.


Anyone who might know the identify of the unknown male or anyone who might have information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Derek Morimoto at 808-961-2380 or by email at [email protected]. Tips can also be emailed to [email protected].

Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300.


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