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Hilo Information Update # 2 for December 20th, 2019

Updated: Dec 22, 2019

Notice Level: Urgent (Update and Action Required)


Missing Person: Benny Rapoza

The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) and the Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) are currently conducting a search for a missing person in the Keaukaha area, who was last seen Friday Afternoon (December 20th).


The initial call came at 5:34 pm Friday evening and HPD officers from South Hilo Patrol and HFD crews from the Waiakea and Central Fire Stations along with Battalion 1 responded to Keaukaha, where at this time an ocean, land and air search is underway.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 6-year-old Hilo child who was reported missing.

Benny Rapoza was last seen in Hilo this afternoon (December 20) at approximately 3:00 p.m. in the 2100 block of Kalanianaole Avenue.


He is described as Caucasian, 3-feet tall, 40 pounds with brown eyes and short brown hair, thin build and having a fair complexion. Rapoza was last seen bareback and wearing a diaper. The child is Autistic and cannot speak, he needs immediate care.


Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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