The Hawaii Fire Department (HPD) and the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) continue their search for a 44-year-old Hōnaunau man last seen Wednesday, November 18th near Keanakolu.
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) and Nevada (Henderson) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) continue their search for 44-year-old Lester Keala Lorenz of Hōnaunau, South Kona, who was last seen up near the Keanakolu Ranger Station in Upper Laupahoehoe, Hamakua.
The initial report came in on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 18th, 2020, and HFD crews from the Waiakea Fire Station along with Chopper 1 and HPD officers from the Criminal Investigation Section (CIS) and K-9 Team have been involved in the search.
HFD crews, HPD officers, and family members began a full day of searching on Thursday, November 19th, 2020 of in the area where Lorenz was last seen and located his vehicle, which was disabled, officials believe that Lorenz left the area on foot. Crews focused their search in the immediate area near Lorenz's vehicle.
Due to weather conditions on Thursday, November 19th, Chopper 1 conducted a brief aerial search of the area and returned to quarters. However, HFD ground crews, HPD officers, and K-9 continued with a ground search until nightfall, however, came up with negative findings.
HFD and HPD crews continued Friday morning at first light for a second full day searching the Keanakolu, Umikoa Ranch, and Iolehaehae area in the Upper Hamakua district. No new updates were provided from Friday's search, however, did state they will continue for the third day at first light Saturday (November 21st).
Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area I
Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins
Phone: (808) 961-2252
Report No.: 20-088159
Hawaiʻi Island Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 44-year-old Lester Keala Lorenz, of Hōnaunau. He was reportedly last seen on Mana Road on Wednesday afternoon (November 18) at approximately 1:00 p.m. His vehicle was located disabled, and it is believed Lorenz left the area on foot.
Lorenz is described as having a heavy build, 5-feet-8-inches tall, 300 pounds, brown eyes, and brown hair.
Police ask anyone who may have seen Lorenz or may have information on his whereabouts to call the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311, or Detective Grant Todd of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.