Convicted Hawaii killer now tied to cold case murder
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Detectives say they’ve got a break in a decades-old murder case on Hawaii Island.
Authorities began looking into the cold case last year. New information led them to identify Steven Simpson as the suspect in the murder of a California woman in 1978.
He was indicted Wednesday by a Hilo grand jury for the crime that ended the life of 26-year-old Valerie Warshay.
Her nude body was found badly beaten at the Harry K. Brown Park in Kapalana by a young girl picnicking with her family. Warshay was a park ranger from Northern California visiting Hawaii.
The single-charge indictment was returned as Simpson remains locked up for a separate murder.
Heʻs already serving a life sentence in Hawaii for strangling another young woman to death in Hilo in 1978.
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