Kauaʿi Police Seek Help Track Missing Nebraska Man

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LĪHU’E, Hi (KMTV) – The Kauaʿi Police Department (KPD) in Hawaii issued a press release on Saturday asking for the public’s help in locating a missing University of Nebraska student.

Samuel Martinez, 23, reportedly flew to Kauaʿi on May 12 with the intention of hiking and camping on the island. According to a report, he was due to return to Nebraska on May 25 but missed his outbound flight.

This missing person case was originally reported to the Lincoln Police Department. Nebraska Police contacted the KPD on May 27, when a miscellaneous outside assistance report was generated and an investigation on the island began.

According to a preliminary report, flight records and safe travel records indicate that Martinez did land in Kauaʿi on May 12 and was screened into the island at Līhuʿe airport. Further investigation revealed that Martinez had obtained eight separate permits to camp at different locations on the island, including Kōkeʿe National Park and the Kalalau Trail.

Multiple attempts to contact Martinez have failed and the investigation is continuing. Martinez stands about 6 feet tall and weighs around 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on Martinez’s whereabouts in Kauaʿi is asked to call KPD at (808) 241-1711. Those who wish to remain anonymous can report a tip to Kauaʿi Crime Stoppers at (808) 246-8300 or cskauai.org.

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