By Tiffany Edwards Hunt
Eighteen years after then-6-year-old Peter Kema’s suspicious disappearance, his parents have been arrested for welfare fraud, firearms, and drug related charges.
The Hawaii Police Department reported today officers assisted the Department of Human Services’ Welfare Fraud Investigation Division with the execution a search warrant on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at a home on Uilani Drive in the Ainaloa subdivision in Puna.
As a result of the search, 45-year-old Jaylin M. Kema of Pahoa was arrested on suspicion of theft and taken to the Hilo police cellblock for investigators from the Department of Human Services.
In the course of executing the search warrant, police recovered items unrelated to the DHS investigation.
On Wednesday morning, while Kema was still at the cellblock, Hawaii Island police arrested her on suspicion of ownership prohibited of a firearm, altering a serial number on a firearm, second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug.
At 2:25 p.m. today, police arrested her husband, 45-year-old Peter J. Kema Sr. of Pahoa, on suspicion of ownership prohibited of a firearm, ownership prohibited of ammunition, altering a serial number on a firearm, second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug.
Both remain at the cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.
In the last 18 years that the boy widely referred to as “Peter Boy” has been missing, people have been very vocal about their suspicion the parents are guilty of foul play. Over the years the public has questioned the boy’s disappearance, it has been revealed the couple was abusive to their children and had regular encounters with Child Protective Services.
As Peter Boy’s siblings have gotten older, they have publicly revealed details of the abuse they and Peter Boy endured. Peter Boy’s sister has recalled seeing her brother placed in the “trunk of the car” when the family went out. Also, the girl has said she found Peter’s apparently lifeless body in a box in the closet after witnessing her parents trying to administer CPR on him.
Police and prosecutors have not formally charged the Kema couple for Peter Boy’s disapperance, however.