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Family offering $10,000 reward for information leading to missing Kea'au plumber

KEAAU, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It's been ten weeks since a Kea'au businessman vanished -- leaving behind puzzling clues, a pregnant wife and a toddler. Now his family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Jeff Meek's location.

The last time anyone has talked to Jeff Meek was on November 8 -- when he went to clear his 20-acre Pepe'ekeo lot in preparation to start a farm and build a home for his growing family.

"Jeff called for help. I've got his cell phone records. He made six calls for help because his truck was stuck in the mud," said Meek's mother, Sandra.

More than two months have gone by and Sandra says every lead that has come in has gone nowhere. His family says they have more questions than answers -- but they say the most puzzling is why did Meek's boots turn up alongside an ocean cliff more than a mile away from his abandoned truck in an area the family had searched days earlier?

"Someone does know something," said Sandra.

Meek's mother doesn't believe her son vanished on his own, despite the $50,000 in debt he was facing.

"He was a man of vision. He would not have walked away. It's not his character, that's why I continue to keep searching," said Sandra.

The family's $10,000 offer is in addition to the $1,000 CrimeStoppers reward for anyone with information that leads to Meek's location. Anyone with information can call the hotline and remain anonymous: (808) 961-8300.

Fliers will be posted all over the Kea'au, Pepeekeo and Hilo area with two numbers tipsters can call: # (808) 260-2131 or toll free: # (888) 588-0894.

"This is my voice in this messages. This is a mother's plea. Help me, please. His wife is six months pregnant, he's got a three year-old and we're doing everything we humanly can," said Sandra.

Hilo police detectives have described Meek's case as unusual and a bit suspicious, but say it's still being handled as a missing person investigation.

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