Last August police found 34-year-old Dawn Gambsky’s decomposing body buried three- to four-feet deep on the property she shared with her husband at 16-1606 37th Avenue in Puna’s Orchidland subdivision. This week police have announced the case has been reclassified from a coroner’s inquest to a murder.
“Friends”, not Dawn Gambsky’s husband, Alexander, reported Dawn missing in July 2008, after family members had not seen or heard from her since January. Alexander Gambsky told police he thought his wife left him and had a girlfriend who told police they started being “romantic” approximately Jan. 10, 2008. Â The girlfriend started living with Alexander Gambsky by February. Â
After I read John Burnett’s coverage of the case in today’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald, I called my contact in the police department to clarify I was reading the story correctly; it is so astonishingly disturbing.
Â Â I know we are to presume Alexander Gambsky is innocent until proven guilty. Â Police are saying they have not ruled him out as a suspect. Â They aren’t saying any more. Â I pressed. “Is he a person of interest?” “He hasn’t been ruled out as a suspect,” my contact responded.
I’m sorry, show me a different angle if there is one? Â How could the husband not be a suspect? Â
Dawn Gambsky, a Chihuahua lover, made dog clothing that she sold on e-Bay. I imagine quite a homebody. Â “We had no reason to believe she left the property,” my police contact said, before launching into an explanation of how police happened upon the shallow grave holding Dawn Gambsky’s bady decomposing body. It really is a wonder that the police found the grave on the three-acre parcel that once was an orchid farm. To me, that’s some pretty good police work, walking around that property trying to think like a killer on a hunch that the woman might be buried there.
“There was no indication that she died of natural causes,” Capt. Randall Medeiros said.
Police Detective Rio Amon-Wilkins reportedly interviewed Alexander Gambsky and administered a polygraph test and thoughtÂ Gambsky “was being deceptive (about having) knowledge of the condition and location of his wife.” What’s next?
“The next step to seeking closure for the family and bringing justice for this woman, who came to an untimely death and was buried in a very disrespectful manner,” Capt. Randall Medeiros toldÂ John Burnett for today’s Tribune-Herald story.
What really is closure for this tragic and grisly story involving Dawn Gambsky, or Dawn Mancilla as she was also known? Â Is it determining who killed her? Â At this point, I cannot imagine anyone else other than the husband with the motive and the ability to dig a 3- to 4-foot grave and bury Dawn Gambsky on the couple’s property without anyone suspecting anything for six months. I really would like to know why it took six months before anyone reported Dawn Gambsky missing. Â God forbid that were me, I’d hope people would report me missing within a day or two.
I asked my police contact if Alexander Gambsky is still living with the woman he moved in to the Orchidland house shortly after Dawn Gambsky’s disappearance. Â My contact doesn’t think they’re still together. Frankly, I can see why.