An update on past news

Saturday, June 2, 2001

Developer’s death open
but not under investigation

Question: What ever happened to the police investigation into George Fan's murder in 1990?

Answer: Fan, 57, was found under a palm tree in Makiki District Park with his mouth taped closed on July 22, 1990, across the street from his high-rise apartment.

A prominent developer, Fan had worked on the Bellevue Tower, the Continental Plaza, Kapiolani Gardens and Country Club Plaza. However, he fell on hard times during his later years and had filed for bankruptcy in 1985.

At the time of his death, he had been awaiting trial for threatening his former partner Nelson Ching with a shotgun the year before.

Medical examiners ruled the death a suicide from a self-administered dose of diazepam, codeine, morphine and diphenhydramine.

Police, however, continued to investigate the case as a homicide. Fan's wallet and watch were missing, he had bruises and scrapes on his face, and his nose was bleeding. Except for his mouth, Fan was not bound, and a roll of tape was found behind his body.

According to police, the current status of the Fan case is listed as "pending further development." Police said while the case has not been closed, it is also not being actively investigated.

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