Unknown Peter Kema Jr. Killer(s)- Hawaii- 1997 (CAPTURED) Nov 15, 2014 11:50:28 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Nov 15, 2014 11:50:28 GMT -5
Admin Note: Above information is mostly accurate except Peter Kema Jr. would be 23 years-old if still alive. However, the case was classified as a homicide in 2000.
From Huffington Post Crime:
The 1997 disappearance of 6-year-old Peter "Peter Boy" Kema, Jr., is one of Hawaii's most notorious, unsolved crimes. Peter Boy disappeared on the Big Island 17 years ago. The case was classified as a homicide in 2000 and has remained open since.
Now, police claim they have uncovered promising, though unspecified, new evidence.
“The police are actively investigating and we’re still following leads," Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. "There is some new information, but I cannot tell you what that stuff is."
Peter Boy's parents, Peter Kema Sr. and Jaylin Kema, are the only suspects in the case and were known to be physically abusive. His parents told police that the last time saw their son was when they dropped Peter Boy off on Oahu in August 1997 with a family friend, "Auntie Rose Makuakane." Police have yet to find evidence of her existence.
Documents released in 2005 detailed the abuse that Peter Boy and his siblings were subjected to, including fractured ribs on Peter Boy when he was less than four months old. According to his older brother, Peter Boy received the brunt of the abuse. "I couldn't tell you why. It was just the way it was," he told Hawaii News Now.
Peter Boy's younger sister said that their parents would often put Peter Boy in the trunk of the family car when they went out in public. “Our dad said he was being punished for doing something bad,” she said, “We'd go to the beach, and he'd be in the trunk; we'd go to the store, and he'd be in the trunk."
Peter Boy and his siblings were placed in temporary foster care in 1991, after doctors discovered his injuries. They weren't returned to their parents until 1994.
Peter Boy disappeared in 1997. A year later, during a psychological evaluation, one of Peter Boy's sisters said that she had seen the boy's lifeless body in a box in her parents' closet.
The state removed the children from the home after Peter Boy's disappearance. Peter Boy's step-siblings went to live with their father, William Collier, while his sister went to live with grandparents. Peter Boy's grandfather, James Acol, still has hope that his grandson may be alive. "Until proven otherwise, he's around," Acol said. "Unless somebody can show me evidence where he's truly dead."
Thoughts? I know Peter was at least aired on the May 29th, 1999 episode of AMW on Fox as a missing child. This is one of those cases where I struggled to determine what section to put the case in. However, since Peter Boy's case was classified as a homicide by Hawaii police, I guess I have no choice but to put it in the unsolved murders and other crimes section based on that technicality. Obviously, you hope for a miracle but it doesn't sound too good. At the very least it's nice to see progress.
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