(BIVN) – The search for a missing person around Champagne Pond in the Vacationland area of Kapoho will continue today.
UPDATE (9:30 a.m.) – Hawaiʻi County Police have identified the missing person as Logan Whitfield, who is visiting from Canada.
The 31 year-old male went missing after he left the vacation home to go swimming in Champagne Pond at 6 p.m. on Sunday. He never returned, and rescue teams say it is unconfirmed if he made it to the water or not.
Upon arrival at 9:34 p.m., Hawaiʻi County fire department and police units met with parents to gather info, a dispatch reported:
Then proceeded to search the perimeter of and in Champagne Pond (including access points to the pond), the coastline in both directions from the mouth of the pond entering the ocean (north and south), and surrounding neighborhood streets with negative findings. Search efforts to resume in the morning with dive crews and additional resources (Rescue chopper and Boat). Coast Guard helo also responded to assist with search efforts.
Police say Whitfield is described as 5-feet-10-inches, 180 pounds, fair complexion, with short brown hair and a goatee. He was last seen on Sunday, April 8, at 6:15 p.m., in the Kapoho area wearing black shorts and Crocs sandals walking on foot towards Champagne Ponds.
Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call Officer Joseph Passmore at the Puna Police Station, (808) 965-2716, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.