HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lina Acol, "Peter Boy" Kema's sister, is making a final plea to her mom: "This is your last chance to actually say something. Say something now."
Both of her parents, Peter and Jaylin Kema, were arrested Thursday on drug and firearms offenses. Jaylin Kema was charged with welfare fraud, and the couple remains behind bars as police continue their investigation.
The arrests come 18 years after 6-year-old Peter Boy disappeared on Hawaii Island, setting off intense police investigations and a media firestorm. He still has not been found, and his parents' arrests are not related to the case.
But Acol believes the arrests are designed to separate her parents and allow her mother the freedom to speak freely about Peter Boy's murder.
On Friday, Acol held her son, 9-month old Luke, as she made a public plea to her estranged mother. Luke will only see pictures and home video of Peter Boy, Acol said. "It kind of hurts knowing there's one more uncle he could have known," she said.
Acol said she'd be open to allowing her mother to meet Luke -- if she provides answers about Peter Boy's death.
"Just come out already, it's time to just come out," Acol said.
After the 6-year-old went missing in 1997, Peter Boy's siblings were taken away and grew up with other relatives. They lost touch with their parents, who have always been the only suspects in Peter Boy's killing.
For years, others have tried to get Jaylin Kema to cooperate with Hawaii County Police and prosecutors, but she never has and for that reason, the rest of the family shut her out.
Acol hopes her mother will want to meet little Luke and will realize that this is the last chance she'll have to reconcile with the rest of the family -- and help get justice for Peter Boy.
"Seeing her grandson might change things. It might, I hope so," said Allan Acol, Peter Boy's brother.
And time is running out. Law enforcement sources say they're moving forward with the murder case and expect an indictment soon.
Lina Acol said if she could talk to her mother, she'd tell her that she "could do so much better."
"I have a son, that someday wants to know what his grandma's like," Acol said. "We all want to know what happened."