Search continues for missing hunter

KOKE‘E — A search for a 21-year-old hunter in Koke‘e began at first light yesterday morning and was expected to continue until dusk or as long as safe weather conditions permitted, a county news release states.

Cody Kimura of Lihu‘e was reported missing at around 11:20 p.m., Saturday, after efforts to find him by his hunting party were unsuccessful.

Police officers, law enforcement officers from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Kaua‘i Search and Rescue Team have been searching the Sugi Grove area on foot while fire fighters and rescue specialists from the Kaua‘i Fire Department were conducting an aerial search on Air-1.

Kimura had gone goat hunting in Koke‘e with his 15-year-old brother and a male friend at 2:45 a.m., Saturday. He left them at around 9:30 a.m. to retrieve an item from their vehicle.

When Kimura did not return, his brother and friend went looking for him. They encountered another hunting party who said they had passed Kimura on the trail.

They continued their search into the night, but were unable to locate him. They then notified police that he was missing.

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