Police order autopsy in fatal near Kahuna Falls


Big Island Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death of a Pepeekeo man who was found dead Sunday near Kahuna Falls.

Jeffrey Reyes, 53, was reported missing Friday night and was last seen Friday morning leaving his van in the Akaka Falls State Park parking lot. The van was still in the parking lot when the park closed at 6 p.m. Friday, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Hawaii County Fire Department personnel began searching Friday night and closed the park while they searched again Saturday and Sunday. Rescuers found Reyes submerged in the Kolekole Stream, near Kahuna Falls, Sunday morning. His body was recovered and he was officially pronounced dead at 12:36 p.m. Sunday at Hilo Medical Center.

Police have reclassified the case from a missing person to a coroner’s inquest and do not suspect foul play.