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Puna man reported missing in Kilauea lava evacuation zone


    Mark Lawrence Kramer

Hawaii County police are looking for a 48-year-old Puna man reported missing Tuesday within a designated evacuation area covered by lava.

Police said Mark Lawrence Kramer went into the evacuated Kapoho area on Monday, going around roadblocks on Highway 137, to take provisions to an acquaintance who had remained inside the evacuation zone.

Kramer never reached the acquaintance’s house and has not been heard from since. His last contact was during a phone call in which he related that he was lost on a hardened lava flow, and communications ended when his cellphone’s battery died, police said.

The Hawaii County fire department conducted an overflight without results.

Kramer also has an outstanding arrest warrant, which has not been served.

Kramer has wavy, shoulder-length hair, is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police at 935-3311 or contact Det. Wendall Carter at 961-2383 or

Police remind the public that evacuated zones remain dangerous and that roadblocks and barricades are for the public’s safety and should not be ignored.

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