Missing man’s items found near area where body was pulled underwater by shark

Missing man’s items found near area where body was pulled underwater by shark
The body was spotted over the weekend off of Hawi on the northern tip of the island. (Source: Maps)

HAWI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police say a missing man’s truck and backpack were found in the same spot where a body was seen floating off the North Kohala coast over the weekend.

Relatives say the items belonged to Charles Kanoe Reyes of Kapaau, who left home Saturday night to catch crab and pick opihi.

On Sunday, hikers spotted a body floating face down.

The body was initially reported floating about 30 yards from shore from a steep cliff half a mile northwest to the end of Lokahi Road.

Hawaii County fire officials say a chopper from the Waiakea Rescue Station arrived on scene and observed what appeared to be a “large tiger shark circling the body.”

Rescuers made various attempts to retrieve the body, but they were ultimately unable to do so.

“In the process of ... recover(ing) the body, a bystander reported that a shark had submerged the body and it was no longer visible,” the county fire department said in a news release.

Aerial searches were conducted for a short time after until they were called off by the afternoon.

This story will be updated.

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