Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Diane Suzuki

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Diane Yayoe Suzuki, a 19-year-old of Japanese descent who disappeared from Aiea, Hawaii on July 6, 1985. She was a student at the University of Hawaii and a part-time dance instructor, and apparently disappeared from work. Some blood was found in the dance studio bathroom.

The suspect in her disappearance is Dewey Hamasaki, a photographer at the dance studio who knew Diane. There was never enough evidence to charge him, and the case remains unsolved after over 30 years.

3 thoughts on “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Diane Suzuki

  1. marsyao May 25, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Here is a little update about Ebby Steppach’s case, according to Daily Mail: “Now one of Ebby’s best friends, Kailey Foley, has revealed that she had told investigators she smelled decomposition coming from the very same drain pipe just a few days after the then 18-year-old’s disappearance.” She contacted police and passed on this information, but appeared no investigation was made.

  2. marsyao May 25, 2018 / 9:42 am

    The reason police dismissed this information is ” ‘This park was gone through with dogs and they would have picked up on that. It must be an animal or something.’

  3. Patrick Kerrigan May 27, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    The important part should be that they documented what area they searched with the dogs.

    Also what was their reaction in certain areas if any. Also, if they did react to a certain spot then what further search was done to determine why.

    The importance of police report writing is documentation. If I interviewed the various members of this blog in regards to an investigation. It is important to document that I spoke with you, and also any information you provided. Even if you no information to provide.

    Otherwise, it gives the impression that I did not speak with you. This is important if the case go to trial.

    I remember reading an officer’s report of a theft from an office at one of the VA’s hospitals. He said he searched the general area around the office. He did specify what area’s he searched, such as the firestairwell, washrooms, etc.

    Also, he did not mention if he noticed anything out of place. Many years ago a out-patient visiting a clinic noticed the strap from a woman’s purse sticking out from a ceiling tile.

    After working hours I got a ladder and searched further and recovered other items stolen from people in adjoinging facilities in the area.

    I always stressed the importance of report writing. The pen is mightier then the sword.

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