Body found at Akaka Falls identified


The body found Sunday at Akaka Falls state park has been positively identified as that of Pepeekeo resident Jeffrey Reyes, 53, who was reported missing Friday night.

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.

 

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