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Wanted: Katherine Ruth Hunter 04-22-2013

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Juvenile Aid Section, Area I
Lieutenant Lucille Melemai
Phone: 961-2254
Report No. C13008399


Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 2-year-old Lanaʻi boy and the woman last seen with him. Kingszon Sanchez is described as Hispanic, 2-foot-6, 35 pounds with long brown hair, and brown eyes.

On March 5, the child’s 22-year-old mother, who is his legal custodian, gave the boy’s paternal grandmother, 53-year-old Katherine Ruth Hunter, permission to fly him from Lanaʻi to the island of Hawaiʻi to visit her for five days. Hunter has since refused to return the child to his mother on Lanaʻi. Hunter is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-8, 170 pounds with long white hair and green eyes. She is last known to have lived in Pāhoa. She is wanted for questioning in a custodial interference investigation.

Hunter’s son, 25-year-old Noah Sanchez of Keaʻau, is the boy’s biological father. He is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-9, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He also has an unrelated outstanding warrant for his arrest.

On March 30, the child’s mother arrived on the island of Hawaiʻi. She saw the boy, Hunter and Noah Sanchez at a Pāhoa restaurant but they drove away in a blue sedan before she contacted police.

Police ask that anyone with information on their whereabouts 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 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.