Diane Yayoe Suzuki was born in Hawaii, on the 14th of May, 1966, to mother Yuri Suzuki and father Masuhara Suzuki.
Diane was 19 years old, 4ft 11in (150cm) tall, 109 pounds (7/8 stone), slim, and of Japanese descent.
At the time of her disappearance, Diane was employed as a dance instructor at the Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy in Aiea, Hawaii. She was also studying at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She was also dating Lester Gantan.
Diane’s last class finished on 3pm on July 6th, 1985, at the Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy. Her friends began looking for her at 3:15pm, but they never found anything. Diane did leave her purse, keys and her car parked at the Academy, so it is unlikely that she left of her on free will.
Around the same time Diane went missing, the unsolved killings of at least nine women were all over the island. Five of the victims were found with their hands tied behind their backs, and they have been attributed to a serial killer named the Honolulu Strangler. The Honolulu Strangler has never been caught, or even identified, by police.
Although it is likely to assume Diane became just another victim of the Honolulu Strangler, police have said that her disappearance does not fit the profile and it was unlikely that she fell victim to the Strangler.
Blood was found in the bathroom of the dance studio which led police to suspect a photographer. This photographer was an acquaintance of Diane’s. The photographer was questioned, and did fail a polygraph test shortly after Diane disappeared, but he was never charged with anything due to lack of evidence.
The blood discovery did lead to a overhaul of legislation in Hawaii, including adding stalking to the harassment laws. This was done with the hope of reducing violence against women.
Whilst it could be possible that Diane is still alive (she would be 54 years old), the most likely conclusion is that she met with foul play. But who could have done it, was it the photographer? After the failed polygraph test, why did the police not push further? Where is her body? Or, did the police get it wrong, and she really was just another victim of the Honolulu Strangler that the police have never been able to find? Was her boyfriend involved?
Sadly both of Diane’s parents have passed away without knowing the truth of what happened to their daughter.
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