Big Island police identify missing swimmer

Eric Dietz
Eric Dietz

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police have identified a swimmer who was reported missing while swimming at a popular Puna beach.

Eric T. Dietz, 29, who police say has no permanent address, was last seen in the waters off Kehena Beach in Lower Puna shortly before 2:40 p.m. Sunday (January 6).

Police say Dietz was apparently experiencing difficulties in returning to shore amid the rough ocean conditions. A body boarder managed to get within reach of Dietz but then lost sight of him after he himself was caught in the rough surf before returning to shore safely.

Dietz is also known as "Eroz" and "Arrows." He is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-11, about 150 pounds with hazel eyes, brown hair and facial hair. He also has a multi-colored tattoo on his upper right arm that depicts a bird, a spider and a tortoise shell.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or who knows his whereabouts call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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