Hawaiʻi Police Department
South Hilo Patrol
Captain Richard Sherlock
Report No. C14002864
The body of a missing Pepeʻekeo man was found Sunday after Akaka Falls state park was closed to allow Fire Department personnel to search for him.
Jeffrey Reyes, 53, was reported missing Friday night (January 31). He was last seen Friday morning leaving his van in the Akaka Falls parking lot. The van was still in the parking lot when the park closed at 6 p.m.
Fire Department personnel began searching Friday night and closed the park while they searched again Saturday and Sunday. Sunday morning, searchers found the body submerged in Kolekole Stream near Kahuna Falls. Reyes was officially pronounced dead at 12:36 p.m. at Hilo Medical Center.
Police reclassified the case from a missing person to a coroner’s inquest.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death. Police do not suspect foul play.