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Missing opihi picker 06-23-10

Hawai’i Police Department
South Hilo District
Lieutenant Darren Horio
Phone: 961-2213
June 23, 2010
Report No. C10017756

Image: Pacheco close up

Joseph Pacheco Jr.
…missing opihi picker

Media Release

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.