Hawai’i Police Department
South Hilo District
Lieutenant Darren Horio
June 23, 2010
Report No. C10017756
…missing opihi picker
Big Island police have initiated a missing person case in connection with a 41-year-old man who failed to return from a day of picking opihi.
Joseph Pacheco Jr. of Hilo left to pick opihi along the King’s Landing coast around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday (June 22) but failed to return home. Fire Department personnel conducted a search and located the man’s dog and backpack about one mile south of Shipman Estates Beach. The search for Pacheco was suspended at 9 p.m. Tuesday and resumed at first light Wednesday.
Police ask anyone who may see Pacheco to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers calls are kept confidential.