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The Hawaii Police Department has renewed hope for solving decades old cold cases. HPD recently launched a new cold cases page on their website hoping to spark new information. Detective Derek Morimoto told KHON2, the department needs tips from witnesses to build and solve cases.

HPD is working with news station KHON2 on their series, “Hawaii’s Unsolved Murders.” The goal of this series is to shed light on some of Hawaii’s over 16 unsolved murders.

HPD Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins told the Hawaii Tribune Herald, their detectives have to take care when releasing information as some cases have persons of interest.

Currently, the page features six of Hawaii’s unsolved murders. As HPD investigators write up summaries, more cases will be released. The cases will range from the mid-nineties to the early 2000s.

One case covered by KHON2 is that of Sean Burgado. He was just 27 when he was killed inside his Waiakea Uka home. Burgado was last seen alive during his shift at a Hilo nursing home May 19, 1997.

After Burgado did not show up for work, his boss asked for a neighbor to check on him. The neighbor found Burgado dead from multiple gunshot wounds. He was found May 21.

If anyone has information related to Burgado’s case or any of the other cold cases, a tip can be submitted via the new HPD cold cases page.

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