Parents of Kailua man missing for three weeks plead for public's help

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ken and Carol Murkett of Florida are pleading for your help in finding their missing son. Daniel Murkett, 33, lives on Oahu, but hasn't been seen or heard from in about three weeks.

Carol Murkett says her son's friends came across the cell phone he left behind, found her number, and then called her in Port Orange, FL to let her know that they haven't seen him in weeks. It's been a series of restless nights since.

"It was very heart-wrenching," the missing man's mother said. "It was very scary."

On February 5th, Daniel Murkett attended his brother's wedding in California. On the 6th, he enjoyed the Super Bowl with his family. The next day, he flew back to Hawaii.

Ten days later, he vanished without a trace.

"We had a great time," Carol Murkett said. "Then to have this happen, I'm just really, really surprised and really scared."

Police say the 33-year-old is a resident of Kailua, and has many friends in the community who have been worried sick.

"We have checked every possible avenue -- cell phones, banks and everything," Sgt. Kim Buffett, Crimestoppers, said. "Basically, there has been no record, so it's very strange that it's a complete disappearance."

"He had been living in a halfway house. He was in rehab," Carol Murkett said. "I figured he was just with his friends, busy or whatever, although I was worried because we don't usually go that long without hearing from him."

Police say Murkett locked up his bicycle near the Starbucks Coffee in Kailua. It hasn't moved in weeks.

"That was like his prized possession," Carol Murkett said. "He would never have gone off and just left the bike."

Ken and Carol Murkett say their son moved to Hawaii from Colorado in 2009 because he was tired of being in the cold. They describe him as friendly, easy-going and helpful, and say he was excited to be learning how to surf.

Murkett is 5'10" tall and weighs about 150 lbs. He has light brown hair and blue eyes. If you know his whereabouts, call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.

"We're really worried about him," Carol Murkett said.

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