County suspends search for missing 6-year-old

  • BENJAMIN "BENNY" RAPOZA

The active ground search for 6-year-old Benjamin “Benny” Rapoza was suspended Tuesday afternoon following notification to the family.

Rapoza, a nonverbal autistic child was last seen about 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at a residence in the 2100 block of Kalanianaole Street in Keaukaha.

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He is described as local, about 3 feet tall, about 50 pounds, with a slim build, short brown hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion.

He was last seen wearing a diaper.

The extensive multi-agency air, land and sea search effort yielded no results. Community and family members islandwide have assisted in the search.

The investigation continues, with detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section actively responding to any new information and tips.

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Police continue to ask anyone with information about Rapoza’s whereabouts or who might have seen him to call Detective BJ Sagon at 961-8883 or 935-3311, or email Sagon at bobbie-jo.sagon@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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