Missing man found dead in pond near Akaka Falls

A missing man was found dead today in a pond, just downstream of Akaka Falls, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department.

While scuba diving and freediving, fire rescue personnel discovered the body of 53-year-old Jeffrey Reyes at the bottom of the pond around 10 a.m. today. He was extricated and taken to the command post, located at the Akaka Falls State Park parking lot.

The park had been closed while Hawaii Police Department and fire rescue crews searched for Reyes by land and air. They looked for him in the park and trail areas, as well as the surrounding forest and river.

The Police Department had received a report of a vehicle was left at the park after closing Friday. It was later discovered the vehicle belonged to Reyes, who was last seen at 8:49 a.m. Friday.