47 years after Waikiki woman’s murder, HPD re-examines cold case files

Brother of Waikiki woman killed in 1972 pleads for answers after 47 years

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nancy Anderson was 19 years old when she was fatally stabbed in her Waikiki apartment.

That was 47 years ago.

No one was ever arrested and Honolulu police say they don’t have any suspects.

In hopes of getting new leads, HPD’s Cold Case Unit is making a public plea for anyone with information to come forward.

Her brother, Jack Anderson, joined police Friday for a news conference to announce the renewed effort for answers.

“She was an integral part of our family and when she was killed, it just left a hole in our hearts," said the Washington state resident.

He said Anderson’s nine siblings are all still alive and all want to know what happened to her.

Honolulu Police did recover DNA evidence from her apartment, at 2222 Aloha Dr., and that evidence has been submitted into the database. But so far, there have been no hits.

“From my understanding once a good sample is inputted in the system it continuously scans," said detective Michael Ogawa.

The Honolulu Police Department’s Cold Case Unit is reviewing more than 205 cases dating back to the 1960s to see if any of them can be solved.

“Ultimately, we want to bring someone to prosecution but if not, at least bring some kind of closure to a family or at least remind them that somebody still cares," he said.

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