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Body of missing fisherman recovered from Waiʻānapanapa in East Maui

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Waiʻānapanapa. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Update:

Maui police have since identified the victim as 24-year-old Matthew Brown-Chong Kee of Kula.  The Department extended condolences to the man’s family and friends.

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The body of a missing 24-year-old Kula man was recovered on Saturday afternoon from waters off of East Maui, a day after he failed to return from fishing.

The man was reported missing at around 11:51 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022. His vehicle was located unattended near the parking lot at Waiʻānapanapa State Park, and a search of the area was initiated by police and fire personnel at around 1:51 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

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Search and rescue efforts continued at first light with assistance from Air-1, the Coast Guard, Rescue 10, Engine 7, Maui police, and the family of the missing man.  

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At approximately 4:36 p.m., the missing fisherman was located deceased in the ocean, about 50 yards offshore from Waiʻānapanapa State Park, according to Maui police.  

The man’s identity is being withheld for 24 hours to allow his family an opportunity to notify their extended family and friends.

The investigation is ongoing, and the case is currently classified as an unattended death.

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*Correction: This story was updated to reflect a correction in the recovery process. An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that emergency crews recovered the man’s body, however, sources confirm that the recovery was made by a family member of the missing man. Maui Now apologizes for the error.

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