State officials have gone cyber in attempts to reunite missing children with members of their fretting families.
The names of 47 children from across the state currently missing, and most of their photos, are posted at http://www.hawaii.gov/dhs, the state Department of Human Services Web site.
Akoni Davis of Hanalei, 17, and Richie Foster, 14, are the two Kauaians who are on the list, a Kaua’i Police Department official confirmed.
But because Foster ran away to O’ahu, his case is under investigation by Honolulu Police Department authorities, said KPD’s Claire Ueno, who coordinates juvenile missing-persons cases.
There is no picture of Foster on the Web site.
Davis has been missing since Dec. 6, 2005, and Foster since Dec. 11, 2005, according to the Web site.
Davis is believed to still be on Kaua’i, and suspected to be in areas between Kapa’a and the North Shore, according to information from Ueno.
He is of Puerto Rican descent, with a fair complexion, medium build, 5’3″ tall, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Davis is asked to call KPD’s Investigative Services Bureau, 241-1696, KPD dispatch 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 241-1711, or the Crime Stoppers hotline, 241-1887.
Citing the need to return missing children to safe and loving homes, state Department of Human Services (DHS) officials are also seeking the public’s help in locating the 47 known missing children across Hawai’i, they said in a press release.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of these children is asked to call local police departments. Further, members of the public are asked to check this Web site periodically for updates.
“This information can protect children and ultimately save lives,” DHS Director Lillian Koller said.
“We are doing this now as a followup to our July 2005 initial release of names and photos of missing children because we want to involve families, friends, the media and the entire community in a collaborative way to help us find these children.”
This DHS Web site and publishing photos through the media are examples of the multiple efforts being made on an ongoing basis to help locate missing children, she said.
These efforts include but are not limited to: contacting the police, calling last-known caretakers and service providers, checking last-known hangouts, and talking with family members.