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Puna man arrested and charged in wife’s death 08-15-13

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
Captain Robert Wagner
Phone: 961-2251
Report No. C09022942


Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 44-year-old Puna man in connection with a Grand Jury indictment for the murder of his wife.

Alexander Gambsky was arrested at 4 p.m. Thursday in Kurtistown.

Dawn Gambsky, then 34, was reported missing by friends in July of 2008.  At that point, she had not been seen for at least six months. As part of the investigation into her disappearance, detectives executed a search warrant on August 8, 2008, at the property she occupied with her husband. After serving the search warrant at the property on 37th Avenue in Orchidland Estates, investigators located what they believed to be a potential burial site. The following day, an excavation of the suspected grave was conducted and, as a result, detectives unearthed skeletal remains suspected as being that of the missing woman. On August 12, 2008, an autopsy performed on the remains indicated that there were traumatic injuries present. The autopsy further found no indication that the victim died as a result of natural causes. She was identified through dental records as Dawn K. Gambsky also known as Dawn K. Mancilla.

In May 2009, detectives reclassified the case from a coroners inquest to a murder and forwarded their findings to county prosecutors. On Wednesday (August 14), a Grand Jury  indicted Gambsky on one count of second-degree murder.

At 2:50 p.m. Thursday, police received a warrant for his arrest and then  picked him up at his home. His bail was set at $1 million.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or wcarter@co.hawaii.hi.us.
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