A Hilo grand jury has indicted the parents of “Peter Boy” Kema on charges of murder in the death of their son, who has been missing for nearly 20 years.
Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth said Hawaii County police arrested Peter Boy’s father, Peter Kema Sr., at about 3 p.m. today on an unrelated traffic offense. He was arrested on the murder charge at 5:30 p.m. while in custody. His bail has been set $500,000.
Peter Boy’s mother, Jaylin Kema, was arrested in Hilo at 5:14 p.m. and her bail amount was set at $150,000.
Peter and Jaylin Kema were charged with one count of second-degree murder, Roth said.
Peter Boy Kema disappeared in 1997 when he was 6. The mystery of what happened to Peter Boy has continued since Peter Boy’s father told authorities he gave his son to a longtime family friend while on a job-hunting trip to Oahu.
Roth made the announcement of the indictment this afternoon and thanked police, investigators from the prosecutor’s office and many others.