KPD making progress on murder probe, but no arrests

HANAPEPE – As Kaua’i police officers continue their investigation into the

murder of a 38-year-old Hanapepe woman, residents of this tiny Westside

community are staying close to home.

“Older people walked in the morning.

Some went fishing. But they have been holding back,” said KPD Lt. Bill

Ching.

Women joggers also have cut back on their afternoon runs, he

said.

The partially clad body of Lisa Bissell was found in a Kekaha ditch

last Friday. Ching said an autopsy showed there was semen in the woman’s body

before she was killed, suggesting that she was either raped or consented to sex

a day before her death.

Results of the autopsy and the cause of death have

not been released due to the ongoing investigation.

Without elaborating,

Ching said investigators have made significant strides in their probe of the

murder.

“We know a lot more than we did since the murder, but I can’t say

anymore than that,” he said.

Ching said evidence has been sent to the FBI

and that an evaluation of the evidence could lead to the identification of the

perpetrator or perpetrators of the crime.

Shortly after Bissell’s body was

found, police questioned six suspects. They were released for lack of evidence

to keep them in custody.

Bissell’s body was discovered by two fishermen

about 2 p.m. Friday in an irrigation ditch along a haul cane road located about

a mile east of Polihale State Park.

Police are seeking the whereabouts of

an elderly couple who walked their dog in Waimea on the morning of the day

Bissell’s body was found.

The couple might have information about the

crime, Ching said.

The Crime Stoppers program, which is sponsored by the

Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce and administered by the Kaua’i Police Department, is

offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the identification and

arrest of those responsible for Bissell’s death.

People with information

can contact Crime Stoppers at 241-6787 or Lt. Ching at 241-6763, Det. Sgt. Sam

Sheldon at 241-6702 or Det. Sgt. Marvin Rivera at 241-6745.

All calls are

anonymous.

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