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LIHU‘E — The search for a California visitor who went missing early last week was called off Friday, county officials said in a news release Tuesday.
“An extensive three-day air and shoreline search was conducted with no sign of the missing man,” the Kaua‘i Police Department says in the release.
Charles Slezak, 67, was last seen on Oct. 3, after reportedly going for a swim around 3:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Kiahuna Plantation in Po‘ipu, states a release from KPD the day after the Canoga Park, Calif. man was last seen.
The Tuesday release notes that he was reported missing at 10:43 p.m., Oct. 3.
The U.S. Coast Guard, which was helping in the search, sent a similar press release the same day, stating that Slezak was 66 years old, and was last seen carrying pink fins and wearing black and white shorts with a light blue shirt.
Kaua‘i Fire Department rescue personnel continued an air search for Slezak on Wednesday and Thursday with the help of a Coast Guard helicopter and vessel.
Slezak, of Caucasian descent, is approximately six feet tall and weighs about 195 pounds, according to KPD. He has brown hair, green eyes, a medium build and fair complexion.
While county and USCG choppers combed the area from the air and a USCG cutter searched from the ocean, three plainclothes officers also looked for Slezak on land.
Anyone with information about Slezak is urged to call KPD Dispatch at 241-1711, the Investigative Services Bureau, 241-1696, or Crime Stoppers, 241-1887.
Slezak’s disappearance prompted a multi-agency effort, including KPD, KFD, USCG and Civil Air Patrol.
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