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9 years after Kauai woman's brutal murder, national show answers family's call for help

HSTA employee Amber Jackson died on June 23, 2010. Police have yet to identify her killer.

UPDATE: Investigation Discovery has rescheduled Amber's episode in Breaking Homicide's lineup. "A Murder in Paradise" will air Friday, July 26. Please check your local listings as the time will likely vary by provider. Investigation Discovery can be found on Spectrum at 336/1336 and Hawaiian Telcom at 134/1134. Episode description: "In 2010, 57-year-old Amber Jackson disappeared from her Kauai home, only to be found days later, hidden deep in the wilderness and bludgeoned to death. Was this the act of a temperamental lover, or did someone else bring death to paradise?"

Nine years after a Kauai woman was brutally murdered, her family and friends are renewing their call for help.

This time, they hope national publicity and new technology will lead to a breakthrough.

On June 23, 2010, police say Amber Jackson died from a blow to her head and was dragged to Spalding Monument, a remote location in Kealia. Her body was found 10 days later by hunting dogs. She was 57 years old.

Jackson was born and raised in Riverside, Calif., and had been living on Kauai for 10 years. She was a secretary in the Hawaii State Teachers Association's Kauai office. Colleagues contacted police when she failed to show up for work.

Police say her car was found parked in the driveway of her Kapahi home with her purse and cell phone inside. Her killer was never identified and no arrest was made.

“We are saddened and frustrated. Police work does not work like it does on TV, that’s for sure,” said Matt Alexander, Jackson’s nephew. “We feel the investigation has not progressed since year one until now."

This year, Jackson's murder captured the attention of the television show, "Breaking Homicide." Host Derrick Levasseur, a former detective and private investigator, and the show's production team flew to Kauai to review the case.

Alexander was interviewed for the show and called it "an amazing experience."

"It’s not just for ratings. Everything they say and do is to help the family and police solve the case. So post-show, I’m very excited that there might be a resolution to this," he said.

While the show's findings remain confidential for now, Alexander says forensic technology allowed the team to uncover new developments in the case.

"If the Kauai Police Department is proactive and tenacious, I don’t see a reason why it couldn’t be solved. Please watch the episode and come forward with anything you can that might help,” he said.

The Amber Jackson Justice Group continues to offer a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Jackson's killer.

Anyone with information should contact Kauai Crime Stoppers, the FBI or the Kauai Office of Prosecuting Attorney Cold Case Unit. All information will be kept confidential.

  • KPD Crime Stoppers: (808) 246-8300
  • FBI: (808) 566-4300, press #1
  • OPA Cold Case Unit: (808) 241-1757 or (808) 241-1926

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