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Convicted Hawaii killer now tied to cold case murder

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Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 2:19 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 23, 2022 at 4:51 PM HST
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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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