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Hawaii County police find missing Idaho campers

By Star-Advertiser staff & Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:08 a.m. HST, May 30, 2013

Hawaii County police have found an Idaho couple reported missing since Friday.

Police said Kevin Butler, 21, and Kimberly Linder, 18, both of McCall, Idaho, were found in good health Wednesday afternoon in the Hamakua District.

An officer said they were found in a downtown Honokaa restaurant, unaware that they were the object of a search. The all-points bulletin was canceled at 6:10 p.m.

Earlier Wednesday, police said they had checked out of their Kona hotel on Friday and told family members they planned to camp in a tent in a valley. Four days later, Butler’s relative received a phone call from someone who claimed to have Butler.

The family contacted Hawaii County police early Wednesday and informed them about the disturbing call claiming to have Butler.

“We don’t know what they really meant,” Police Capt. Richard Miyamoto.said of the person who called the relative. “That’s why the family became concerned.”

It sounded like a man’s voice, Miyamoto said. Police said they were investigating the call.

Other than the Kona hotel, relatives did not know where on the Big Island the couple planned to go. They happened to call the Honokaa station, which is handling the missing person investigation, Miyamoto said.

When reached by The Associated Press before the couple's discovery, Linder’s brother, Daniel Linder, said family members were too distraught to comment.

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allie wrote:
Big Island can be lawless and scary. I hope they are found alive.
on May 29,2013 | 11:45AM
8082062424 wrote:
Not smart for tourist to go camping in a valley on a island they do not know.They in danger from nature ,wild animals and man
on May 29,2013 | 02:10PM
sak wrote:
And Man, Growing dah Pakalolo!
on May 29,2013 | 03:08PM
Slow wrote:
What are you talking about? Danger from nature? Like, say, anyplace in the entire world? Danger from wild animals? Maybe a pig, though I have never heard of a pig attack. Maybe being pecked by a nene goose is a danger. And man!!! Believe it or not, many people camp outside of their back yards and are bravely meeting absolute strangers in nature! And many are not murdered, raped or tortured. Turn off the TV and enjoy Hawaii.
on May 30,2013 | 08:09AM
Fred01 wrote:
The only real danger are the meth ridden locals.
on May 30,2013 | 12:19PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Sounds fake. Possibly other relatives hoping to go to the Big Island on the State dime or Aloha Kokua. " To help Search" yeah right.
on May 29,2013 | 05:14PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Are you always this cynical?
on May 29,2013 | 08:10PM
2_centz wrote:
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on May 30,2013 | 07:08AM
Slow wrote:
I live here and would find it impossible to generalize about mainland transplants. Please label them so I can understand about "them."
on May 30,2013 | 08:10AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Copperwire, I'm truthful.....thus the results of this couple FOUND eating dinner.
on May 30,2013 | 07:22AM
Usagi336 wrote:
You could be right! How could anyone know of the kids relatives and who to call?
on May 30,2013 | 07:36AM
IAmSane wrote:
That's..... imaginative.
on May 30,2013 | 01:08AM
Eradication wrote:
More murders where you live "Alfred". Try walking through Pua Lane at midnight...please!
on May 29,2013 | 11:46PM
Slow wrote:
Weeeely weeely scawey over here Allie. Better stay on Oahu and lock your doors. A Hawaiian might be in your neighborhood.
on May 30,2013 | 07:46AM
silvangold wrote:
OH PLEASE..........take her (allie) please! but just ensure she don't commentate no-mo !!
on May 30,2013 | 10:06AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Scary Big Island side, right Allie?
on May 30,2013 | 12:11PM
8082062424 wrote:
i hope they found. but do not think this will end well
on May 29,2013 | 02:05PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yeah, this doesn't look too good.
on May 29,2013 | 02:30PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Good. A happy ending, now they should go home.
on May 30,2013 | 06:01AM
Maili2 wrote:
THey most likely ended up in Waipeo Valley. I camped there a few times and it can be very dangerous and there's not really people down there to help you out, all the residents live up in the mountain. Many times people have had to helicopter out of there for emergencies. I am praying for them.
on May 29,2013 | 02:13PM
Slow wrote:
Why would you decide to camp in this "very dangerous" valley more than once? There are residents in the valley. And it is Waipio Valley. There is no Waipeo Valley.
on May 30,2013 | 08:15AM
Fred01 wrote:
You sound like a wimp. Stay in your house.
on May 30,2013 | 12:20PM
olos73 wrote:
Something don't sound right if a relative gets a phone call from someone saying they have Butler. Hope they are safe and found soon.
on May 29,2013 | 02:16PM
cartwright wrote:
With 'valley' they can only mean Waipio or the next one over, Waimanu. Hope they didn't run into one of the pot growing operations there--those guys take no prisoners.
on May 29,2013 | 02:20PM
cojef wrote:
Thought the same thing, Waipio can be tough for amateur camper/hikers if you do not know your way around and pakalolo farms owners do not care for intruders. The telephone calls says something bad is or happening?? Hope not!
on May 29,2013 | 04:39PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
Could also be Pololu
on May 29,2013 | 05:40PM
false wrote:
A phone called to claim to have Butler. That does not sound good. Where the heck is the women? I hope and pray they're alright. THis state should look seriously at capitol punishment for those who kill just to kill. No more of this manslaughter stuff.
on May 29,2013 | 02:23PM
kainalu wrote:
The entire mess sounds fishy. The "phone call" makes it so.
on May 29,2013 | 02:25PM
sak wrote:
Hopefully not Fish Food!
on May 29,2013 | 03:09PM
Pocho wrote:
Can't they trace where the call came from?
on May 29,2013 | 02:45PM
HD36 wrote:
Could be a prepaid cell phone.
on May 29,2013 | 03:33PM
GAC wrote:
i hope they are ok. i agree with false. bring back capital punishment. or everyone has the right to carry like arizona. low crime rate . why ? you will think twice before you pull something stupid.
on May 29,2013 | 04:31PM
eoe wrote:
Violent crimes per 100,000: Hawaii: 287, Arizona: 405; Murder per 100,000: Hawaii: 1.2, Arizona 6.2. Gun ownership rate: Hawaii 8.7%. Arizona: 31.1%. Sorry, what were you saying again?
on May 29,2013 | 04:59PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
on May 29,2013 | 05:41PM
Kaluu wrote:
I hope this isn't another one of those land of aloha psycho stories. It used to be so safe compared to now. My wife told me about a family from the mainland who were going to travel around Hawaii camping, and I thought, Oh, no... I cannot forget the blond hippy boy who came running at me with a machete in Volcanoes National Park. Absolutely unprovoked. Lucky thing I had a permit for wild pig control. I picked up my rifle, and the guy jumped back in his hippy VW van and took off.
on May 29,2013 | 05:46PM
eoe wrote:
As you are well aware the vast majority of recent campground attacks on BI were not blond hippies.
on May 29,2013 | 06:14PM
eoe wrote:
Great news
on May 29,2013 | 06:49PM
nippy68 wrote:
probably the hawaiian spooks got'em. i remember walking into the valley at night with friends and hearing faint sound of drums beating. we all did an about face and got the hell out of there.
on May 29,2013 | 07:21PM
Iuki wrote:
Oh, good grief. That girl was too young and too pretty to be off with that guy without telling her family exactly where she was going to be. Kids just don't know--or don't care--what they put their parents through.
on May 29,2013 | 07:33PM
8082062424 wrote:
i know my mom would agree with you 100 percent
on May 29,2013 | 07:44PM
Slow wrote:
But ugly young girls are safer? I hope your kids are not judged by their facial beauty.
on May 30,2013 | 08:17AM
Eradication wrote:
You people look and sound like fools. They were found cruising Honokaa.
on May 29,2013 | 11:49PM
mamasia wrote:
Yep, they were on vacation. And, if they were camping at Waipio Valley there is very limited cell service. Shux, even in Honokaa town cell service is minimal in some places. Their phones must have been dead with no electricity in the valley as well. I hope they ate a few malasadas for me. Every trip to the Big Island I need my malasadas fix!
on May 30,2013 | 06:29AM
IAmSane wrote:
ITT: Internet detectives post utter nonsense.
on May 30,2013 | 01:13AM
Pocho wrote:
Sounds like the family lost contact with the couple and made up a story so the authourities would hunt them down for them
on May 30,2013 | 06:25AM
Mythman wrote:
Another chronic scam to raise dope money? Someone should write a handbook of chronic scams and give it out to tourists free.....
on May 30,2013 | 06:26AM
Slow wrote:
Interesting but completely erroneous assumption. Maybe it was the North Shore Oahu bogeymen that you are terrified of. Boo!!!
on May 30,2013 | 07:42AM
Holomua wrote:
Probably a local dude called them and said "Hey yeah, we have your boy. K'den."
on May 30,2013 | 07:08AM
Slow wrote:
Wrong assumption. Again.
on May 30,2013 | 08:19AM
false wrote:
If you don't know the area you might just want to stay in a hotel. You don't want to wander into someone paka patch.
on May 30,2013 | 09:33AM
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