North American Missing Persons Network
Peter J. Kema Jr.

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Above Images: Left and Center: Kema, circa 1997
Right: Age-progressed to 19 (circa 2010)

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 11, 1997, from Hilo, Honolulu County, Hawaii
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 1, 1991
  • Age: 6
  • Height: 4'0"
  • Weight: 50 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Asian/Filipino/Hawaiian
  • Gender: Male
  • AKA: "Peter Boy"
  • NCIC Number: M-097387489
  • Case Number: F48921

  • Details of Disappearance
    His father, Peter Kema Sr. told Big Island police he gave his son away in August 1997 to "Auntie Rose Makuakane,"a friend of the family, whose existence police have been unable to confirm. Peter Sr.'s relatives said that they never heard of Makuakane prior to 1997.

    Peter Jr.'s maternal grandparents, the Acols, had taken care of him starting in 1991 when he was 3 months old; he was removed from his parents' home then because he had a broken leg. The Acols wanted to keep him, but were overruled by the state, which returned him to the Kemas in 1995. The Acols last saw their grandson in late 1996.

    The Kemas did not report him missing for several months after he was last seen alive, and only then after a social worker alerted police.

    In May 2005, the Hawaii Department of Human Services released a 2,000 page report detailing the "Peter Boy" case. In one instance, Peter's 5-year-old sister stated that she saw her brother "dead" in her parents' house. She later recanted that story. Also, it is now believed that Peter never left Hilo; he was initially reported missing from Honolulu. His siblings have reported, in great detail, the extreme abuse Peter suffered at the hands of his parents. Peter Boy Jr.’s three living siblings agree that although they were all abused by their parents, Peter Boy Jr. bore the brunt.

    In April 2016 the parents of “Peter Boy” Kema Jr. were indicted in connection with his death 19 years ago. Peter Kema Sr. and Jaylin Kema were indicted by a Hilo grand jury and charged with second-degree murder in the death of their son. They had long been the main suspects in their son's disappearance, but police did not have enough evidence to bring charges.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Hawaii County Police Department
    (808) 935-3311

    Source Information
    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Hawaii State Clearinghouse on Missing Children
    The Honolulu Advertiser
    The Honolulu Star-Bulletin
    America's Most Wanted
    Fox News