HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's the question that has haunted Hawaii Island for years: Where is Peter Boy Kema Jr.?
"I wish I knew. I wish I knew, I don't,” says Allan Acol, Peter Boy's older brother.
The 6-year old Hilo boy was murdered in 1997.
The parents, Peter Kema, Senior and Jaylin Kema, have always been the only suspects.
Thousands of pages of CPS files show a pattern of abuse that Peter Boy and his siblings suffered at the hands of their parents. The state took away the kids at one point, but returned them to the Kemas. And Acol says the abuse resumed.
“I know Peter has something to do with it,” says Acol of his step-father, “My mom, probably knows something, in fact, I guarantee she knows something."
A year after Peter Boy went missing, the couple called a press conference and told a tale of what happened to their son. Peter Kema says he flew to Oahu and gave his son to an auntie. But no one believed that story and there were no plane tickets to prove it.
But the parents were never arrested and the case stalled.
Over the years, police continued to revisit the case and earlier this year, Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth assigned a Deputy Prosecutor to take another look too and the combination appears to be paying off.
“The police are out there, they're reinvestigating, there are some new leads that are coming out,” says Roth.
He would not detail the new leads but says they are promising.
“I'm very excited about it. It's been a long time,” he says.
“We're tying up some loose ends,” says Lieutenant Gregory Esteban of the Hawaii Police Department's Criminal Investigation Section, ”We're working closely with the prosecutor's office, we're exchanging communication… there were additional follow-ups that were recently completed."
Allan Acol is happy that investigators didn't give up on the case.
“I want something to be done about it,” he says, “Try… Just try."
Even if his parents are never arrested, Acol says he will be satisfied knowing that his playful little brother, was not forgotten.
Coming up tomorrow on Hawaii News Now, hear from the only eye witness to the alleged crime who is talking.