LIHU’E — Kaua’i police brass will meet with the public tonight to discuss
investigations into two unsolved crimes in West Kaua’i that have put some
residents on edge and have brought others to the brink of arming themselves for
Kaua’i police are continuing their investigations into the
murder of 38-year-old Lisa Bissell, whose semi-nude body was found in a ditch
in Kekaha on April 7.
Police also are investigating the May 22 stabbing and
thwarted sexual assault of a 52-year-old Kekaha woman in Kekaha.
Bill Ching, who heads KPD’s Adult Investigations Section, said he expects
criticism because no arrests have been made in either case.
“It is going
to a be a hot seat,” Ching said. “We expect the criticism. Unfortunately, we
have to preserve the integrity of the case (and cannot discuss the case).”
In the Bissell case, six suspects were taken in for questioning, but all
were released because there was insufficient evidence to hold any for the
No suspects, Ching said, have been taken in for questioning for the
attack of the 52-year-old woman, whose name was not released. Because of an
ongoing investigation, KPD can’t discuss the details of the cases at the public
meeting, said KPD Chief Police Chief George Freitas.
“It will be a generic
Expected to attend the scheduled 6:30 p.m. meeting at the
Waimea Neighborhood Center will be Freitas, KPD Patrol Inspector Paul
Hurley, who is expected to discuss safety precautions, Lt. Wilfred Ihu, who
heads the Waimea Kaua’i police substation, Ching and Lt. Alvin Seto, who will
give a presentation on the Crime Stoppers Program.
In both cases, the
women who were attacked were slight of build and were Caucasian, raising
speculation by police the murder and the stabbing might been committed by the
“Other than the fact that both victims had similar physical
characteristics, police have no concrete evidence to link both cases, Ching
In the May 22 assault, the 52-year-old woman was stabbed in the
abdomen and had an arm broken during an attack at a home on Kaumuali’i Highway
Police have classified the incident as an attempted
Police said the woman, a caretaker, was working in the yard of the
home when a local man reportedly climbed the wall of the home and attacked the
woman between 6 and 7 p.m.
She apparently broke away from her assailant
and was later transported to the Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital in stable
The woman stayed at the hospital for her recovery from her
injuries and was released.
In the Bissell case, an autopsy showed there was
semen in her body before she was killed, suggesting she was either raped or
consented to sex a day before her death.
Because the case is still under
investigation, results of the autopsy and the cause of death have not been
Bissell’s body was discovered by two fishermen in an irrigation
ditch along a haul cane road located about a mile east of Polihale State
Following both incidents, some West Kaua’i residents voiced concerns
about their safety, cutting back on early morning and evening activities.
Some said they were considering buying weapons because they felt police
services were not adequate in West Kaua’i.
Kaua’i police said the west side
traditionally has had little crime, but no part of the island is insulated from
crime due partly to increased drug use and changing values in society.