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Wednesday, March 11, 1998

Lisa Au murder
a tragic mystery

What ever happened to the case of Lisa Au, that beautiful Kailua girl killed in the 1980s?

The Lisa Au case remains open and unsolved, said police Lt. Allen Napoleon, head of the homicide detail.

Au, a Kailua hairdresser, was last seen alive Jan. 22, 1982, after visiting a friend near Tantalus.

The 19-year-old woman's nude and decomposed body was found Jan. 31, 1982, on the slopes of Tantalus.

"I still think about it today," said Chester Au, Lisa's father. "And I think about her every day ... every day."

People were questioned, but no one was arrested. An investigating grand jury was unable to reach a decision in the case; after it disbanded in 1984, nothing official was heard about the case.

"I feel disappointed in the system," Chester Au said. "But I learned to deal with the fact that nothing ever is going to be done."

Au and his wife Patrice Au-Kaunamano divorced in the early 1990s. He said his daughter's murder caused turmoil in their lives and contributed to their divorce.

Au-Kaunamano died in 1992 after a bout with cancer at age 48.

Au, 57, spends most of his time working as a mechanic at his Kaneohe repair shop.

"No concrete" information has been discovered, Napoleon said. If any new leads or information is found, a detective will be assigned to investigate.

By Jaymes Song, Star-Bulletin

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