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Big Island police looking for 2009 Puna murder suspect

Patricia Wong alias Patricia Hanoa (Image: Hawaii County Police) Patricia Wong alias Patricia Hanoa (Image: Hawaii County Police)
KayCee Smith (Image: KayCee Smith/FaceBook) KayCee Smith (Image: KayCee Smith/FaceBook)
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HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Big Island police are looking for a woman wanted for the 2009 murder of Kaycee Smith, 21, in Puna.

Police suspect 54-year-old Patricia Wong killed Smith, who was found in her Orchidland home on June 30, 2009 with a single gunshot wound to her head.

In court documents, police said the scene was manipulated to make the killing look like a suicide.

Now, almost exactly 7 years later, Patricia Wong of Mountain View, has been indicted for her murder.

"She always went to Kaycee for money or had a lot of investments or what not with her that I think was corruption," said Brooklyn Maile Rogan, Smith's close friend.

Rogan tells Hawaii News Now that Smith had a large inheritance and Wong, who considered herself a hanai auntie, wanted to move in with her.

Rogan recalls her suspicion back in 2009, when Smith failed to show up at her wedding reception.

"We used to talk to each other 10 million times a day and all of a sudden the phone calls stopped and every time I would call and ask her 'Hey what's going on you don't love me no more? It would be Patricia answering the phone and I was like why are you answering her phone?" said Rogan.

Rogan says before her death, Smith had moved into a home in Orchidland Estates, and the former rodeo-standout wanted to raise horses.

She says Wong leeched onto Smith, after losing her job for stealing.

"I was freaking out like why is this woman trying to interfere when Kaycee is getting a hold of her life and getting ready to just blossom?" said Rogan.

"I'm glad this is finally coming out because it needs to be known that it was wrong of Patricia, that was so wrong."

Wong, who also goes by Patricia Hanoa, is described as part Hawaiian, 5' 1" tall and weighing about 150 pounds. She has hazel eyes, brown medium length hair and a tan complexion.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact detective Derek Morimoto at 808-962-2380 or derek.morimoto@hawaiicounty.gov. You can also contact lieutenant Gregory Esteban at 808-961-2252 or gregory.esteban@hawaiicounty.gov.

To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300.

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