UPDATE: 9-year-old Puna boy found safe

Disen Hue-Aragaki
Disen Hue-Aragaki

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - A nine-year-old Big Island boy was found in Hilo, a day after he left his Puna home following an argument with his mother.

Disen Heu-Aragaki was reunited with his mother, stepfather, and other family members at the Hilo police station Thursday afternoon.

Detectives said Heu-Aragaki left his home, located just below the J. Hara store, at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Dozens of friends, family members and neighbors joined police in looking for the boy Wednesday night and Thursday.

Big Island police Lt. Greg Esteban said Heu-Aragaki was first found, alone and shirtless, on 40th Avenue in the Orchidland subdivision, about two miles from his home. "The child didn't disclose where he came from and didn't give a phone number, so what happened was they took the boy home and they fed him and they allowed him to stay overnight," Esteban said.

Police said the boy was then taken to Hilo. A relative of that family learned that the boy had been reported missing, and they then called police.

The boy was given a medical examination and then was released to his family.

His first request -- a trip to McDonald's.

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