Monday, February 8, 1999

Police nab one
of three sought in
Dana Ireland case

Officials hold the Big Islander
on a contempt of court
bench warrant

By Rod Thompson


HILO -- Police are holding one of three Big Island men wanted since Jan. 26 in connection with the 1991 killing of island visitor Dana Ireland, according to police documents.

An entry on the daily police bulletin indicates Wayne Nasario, 35, of Mountain View was located at Wailoa State Park in Hilo on Friday.

He was taken into custody and is being held on an apparently unrelated bench warrant for contempt of court. Nasario's arrest was linked to the Ireland slaying by a case number assigned to the killing investigation in 1991.

A hearing on the contempt charge was set for 1:30 p.m. today in District Court.

Ireland, 23, was visiting the Puna district with her parents and other family members on Dec. 24, 1991, when she went for a bicycle ride in the late afternoon.

According to previous police statements, she was hit by a vehicle while walking the bicycle back to a rental house, kidnapped, and taken to a remote coastal location where she was raped, beaten, and abandonned.

She died at Hilo Hospital at midnight as Christmas day was beginning.

Following the indictment of three men for the crime in 1997, police and prosecutors have been under a court order that prevents them from discussing the case. Charges against two of those men were dropped.

There has been no explanation of why police issued all points bulletins for three men, ages 31, 35, and 37, last month. The other two men, who have not been identified publicly, remain at large.

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