Escapee arrested years later in Puna for alleged murder

David True Seal
David True Seal

PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police have identified a man arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with a stabbing in Puna on Tuesday afternoon (November 5) in the Eden Roc subdivision.

The victim has been identified as 32-year old Rory Thompson Wick.   Wick was pronounced dead at 11:11 p.m. Tuesday at Hilo Medical Center.

The suspect is identified as 34-year old David True Seal of Mountain View.

Seal was last seen almost four years ago, when he escaped from Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe.

He had been acquitted of two counts of sex assault and two counts of kidnapping by reason of insanity, and committed to the hospital in 2002.

While there, he demonstrated a pattern of violence, allegedly assaulting another patient and staffer before his escape.

"We take all instances of escape seriously.   We were very concerned about the escape in this instance" said Dr. Mark Fridovich in a briefing Wednesday.  Fridovich is the state's top administrator for adult mental health.

Fridovich explained that after Seal escaped from the hospital, Honolulu Police were contacted.

"There was contact with them after the initial interval, but after a month or two contact fell off and there wasn't year to year updates" he explained.

Seal then slipped through the cracks, before re-emerging Tuesday.    He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations continue the investigation.

If you have any information about these crimes, or any person(s) involved, you are urged:

  • to call CrimeStoppers Honolulu at 808-955-8300,
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  • submit a 'Web Tip'.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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