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HI PETER KEMA JR: Missing from Honolulu, HI - 11 Sept 1997 - Age 6

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1999' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Parents of Hawaii boy missing since 1997 charged with murder nearly two decades after disappearance


    The parents of a Hawaii boy who has been missing for nearly 20 years have been charged with murder after authorities reopened the case and re-evaluated the evidence.

    The boy's parents have long been suspects in the 1997 disappearance of then 6-year-old Peter Kema Jr., known as "Peter Boy," but prosecutors said there hadn't been enough evidence to charge them until now.

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Peter was last seen in Hawaii in September 1997. His father says that he took Peter with him to Honolulu to search for a job. He stated they lived in a tent with several others and he never actually completed any job applications. He later said he gave Peter to a long-time family friend because they could no longer provide for him. No other family members seemed to know this person, however. No one outside of the family claimed to have seen Peter since spring of 1997.
    There was also a history of child abuse in the home, and Peter had been taken away by DHS several times. His siblings spoke of severe child abuse. Peter's disappearance was not reported until January 1998 when his whereabouts were questioned by DHS.

    Charley Project - http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/k/kema_peter.html

    NamUs - https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/6258/0

    NCMEC poster - http://www.missingkids.org/poster/NCMC/844672

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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Justice has moved terribly slow, but I'm sure glad they were able to make an arrest.
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  4. Scoobie

    Scoobie Director Staff Member

    Heartbreaking :( Poor baby and his poor sister seeing and experiencing that abuse :(
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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Trial for mother of ‘Peter Boy’ delayed until next year

    Trial for the mother of Peter Kema Jr., aka “Peter Boy,” was postponed until next year.

    Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara on Monday granted Jaylin Kema’s request to delay her trial for her 6-year-old son’s 1997 death until 8:30 a.m. Jan. 30.


    Father’s trial in death of ‘Peter Boy’ delayed until January, meeting request

    The trial for a Hawaii man charged with murder in the death of his son, who has been missing for nearly two decades, has been postponed until 2017.

    His new trial is set for Jan. 23, one week before his wife, Jaylin Kema, will go before a jury in the case.

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Mom of Missing Hawaii Boy Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

    The mother of a Hawaii boy who became the face of a campaign for missing and abused children pleaded guilty to manslaughter Thursday, confirming nearly 20 years after he disappeared that the child is dead.

    More answers to what happened to the 6-year-old known as "Peter Boy" could be revealed when Jaylin Kema testifies against her husband, Peter Kema Sr., who is scheduled to go on trial for murder in April. Waiving her marital privilege and testifying truthfully is part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

    The Kemas, who are both in jail, have long been suspects in the disappearance of Peter Boy, but prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence to charge them until earlier this year when a grand jury indicted them on murder charges.

    Peter Kema has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. His attorney couldn't immediately be reached for comment.


    Plea deal with no body? Ugh.
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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Murder trial for father of son missing since 1997 postponed

    A judge has delayed the trial of a Hawaii man charged with killing his son nearly 20 years after the boy disappeared.The trial of Peter Kema Sr. was originally set to begin Monday but has been rescheduled for April 25.

    A Hilo Circuit Court judge granted a request from Kema's attorney to postpone the trial to allow them time to prepare for the testimony of Kema's wife, Jaylin, who has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case. As part of a plea deal, she agreed to testify against Kema at his trial.

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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Questionnaires sent to potential jurors in Peter Kema Sr. murder trial

    It’s one of Hawaii’s biggest mysteries. What happened to “Peter Boy” Kema 20 years ago?

    Next month, his father, Peter Kema Sr., will stand trial for the murder of his son, who was only six when he went missing.

    This week, questionnaires are being sent to prospective jurors in the case. It’s unclear how many people received the questionnaire or how big the jury pool will be.

    In December 2016, Jaylin Kema pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter for the death of her son, and agreed to testify against her husband. As part of the deal, she can be released from jail at the end of next month.

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