Puna murder (update) 07-14-09

Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Captain Randall Medeiros
Phone: 961-2251
July 14, 2009
Report No. C09019194

Media Release (update)

Hilo detectives are renewing their request for information related to the murder of 21-year-old Kaycee M. Smith, who was found dead in her Orchidland Estates home in Puna on June 30. 

Shortly before 9 a.m. on that date, Puna patrol officers were directed to the house by an acquaintance, who reported that she found the victim there with a suspected fatal gunshot wound.

An autopsy revealed that Smith died from a single gunshot wound to the head. The pathologist who performed the autopsy concluded that the manner of death was homicide. 

Police are seeking any information that may be pertinent to the investigation. Among the information being sought are the victim’s activities a few days prior to her death and the identities of people with whom she was associated.

Police ask that anyone with any information about the case call Lieutenant Mitchell Kanehailua at 961-2252. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.



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