Man reported missing on Maui found dead

KAHIKINUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Maui man who was reported missing by his girlfriend on Tuesday has been found dead in the waters offshore near Kahikinui, according to police.

Dennis Roberts, 70, of Kihei, was reportedly last seen at the Matson Shipping Company in Kahului picking up a 2012 Jeep Wrangler belonging to him that had just arrived from Seattle.

Roberts told his girlfriend that he was planning on taking a drive around the island, but failed to return home that night. The girlfriend told authorities that Roberts had been acting strange and that she was concerned that he had appeared to be depressed over the past few days.

On Wednesday, Roberts' vehicle was discovered near mile marker 27.5 on Piilani Highway near Kahikinui. Fire and rescue crews were called in to conduct an aerial search of the area where Roberts was found, including areas of high cliffs and rocky shorelines.

A body that appeared to have severe head injuries was recovered nearly 300 yards offshore at approximately 1:30 p.m., and was positively identified as Roberts.

An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow.

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