HONOLULU (KHON2) — Court documents revealed the man accused of a 1978 murder plead not guilty in court on Wednesday.

Big Island prosecutors said the 72-year-old male suspect, Steven Ray Simpson was indicted in connection with a cold case investigation by the Hawaii Police Department.

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The victim was 26-year-old Valerie Warshay, who prosecutors said was murdered in Kalapana in April 1978.

Valerie Warshay the victim in a Hawaii homicide case in April 1978. (Courtesy: Office of the Prosecuting Attorney)

Warshay was a park ranger from California who was visiting the island at the time.

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Simpson was charged with suspicion of murder and remains in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail.