Leeward Man's Death Remains a Mystery

John Reverio
John Reverio
Sharon Reverio
Sharon Reverio

(KHNL) Nearly four years after her son's death, a Makaha woman is still searching for answers. Police found John Reverio's burnt body at a Leeward Oahu beach. And so far, the circumstances surrounding his death remain a mystery.

Sharon Reverio will never forget her last conversation with her son, a young man with a bright smile and the baby of her three children.

"He said Mom, if I don't see you, have a happy Mother's Day. You know, and that was, never saw him" said Reverio.

Police found 23 year old John Reverio's decomposing body in the brush at Keaau Beach Park on May 14th, 2002. A fingerprint comparison helped to identify the charred remains.

"It was just something unbearable, unbelievable and unspoken of. And finding out how he was found was even worse."

Sharon says her son talked about becoming an architect before crystal methamphetamine took over his life. Towards the end, he was living on the beaches of the Leeward coast.

"Nobody deserves to die in any brutal way no matter what kind of lifestyle they lived. We sometimes feel guilt that maybe we could have done more. And people tell us you've done all you could. You know, but we'd rather have him here."

HPD recently assigned a different detective to look into Reverio's death. The victim's parents are pleased with the investigator's work on the case so far.

They say after years of frustration, they now have hope.

"Our whole family is, you know, in tremendous pain. And not knowing how he died is even worse."

If you have information about this case, you can help bring closure for this grieving family. Call Crimestoppers at 955-8300. All calls are confidential.