Big Island Police Looking for Missing Swimmer in Kona and Body Found in Umauma Stream

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a missing person case in connection with a swimmer last seen in waters off OTEC Beach.
HPDBadgeIn response an 11:49 a.m. call reporting a possible swimmer in distress, Kona Patrol Officers made contact with a a 26-year-old man, who reported that he had been swimming with an acquaintance, 26-year-old Richard Demby of Kailua-Kona, but couldn’t find him after he returned to shore.

Fire Department personnel are searching the shoreline by helicopter.

Demby is described as 5-foot-11, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

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

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

And in another release today:

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case in connection with a body found Monday (June 1) in Umauma Stream.

In response to an 11:28 a.m. call reporting a body in the stream, North Hilo District officers found the partially submerged body of a woman.

Fire Department personnel extricated the body from the stream.

Detectives are still at the scene and have not yet made positive identification.

An autopsy will be ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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