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DNA Sample Connects Suspect to Cold Case Murder

The Maui Police Department reports that DNA recovered from a blood sample found near evidence in a 2000 sex assault and murder has been connected to the suspect Anthony Moreno.

On December 5, 2019, at about 9 a.m., officials with the Palm Beach Sheriffs Marine Unit in Palm Beach Florida arrested Moreno for the 2000 rape and murder of Kimberly Belluomini at her residence in Kihei.

MPD officials say that in February 2020, items of evidence found at the crime scene were swabbed for DNA and sent to HPD-SIS laboratory for analysis.  

Reference DNA samples recovered from Belluomini and obtained from Moreno were sent as well.

In May of 2020, MPD’s Criminal Investigation Division was informed that the DNA recovered from a blood sample from evidence near the decedent, belonged to Belluomini.  In addition, DNA recovered from blood samples from other evidence found at the crime scene, belonged to Moreno.

MPD says that for this cold case, the evidence is significant.

According to a Police report, in October 2000, Belluomini and Moreno were at Henry’s Bar in Kihei and later went to her apartment at South Point. The following morning, Belluomini was found dead within her apartment.

At the time of the initial investigation, Moreno was interviewed as a person of interest in the case however no charges were brought against him.

Since then, Detectives with the MPD’s Criminal Investigation Division continued with the case and were able to successfully bring an indictment against Moreno.

In the intervening time, Moreno has resided in both Texas and more recently Florida, where he was located in December, living on a boat in a Marina in West Palm Beach.

Moreno was indicted for the Rape and Murder of Belluomini on November 22, 2019.  His bail has been set at one million dollars.

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