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UPDATE: No Sign Wednesday of Missing Waipio Valley Swimmer

May 14, 2013, 7:16 PM HST
* Updated May 16, 8:37 AM
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***Updated at 8:34 a.m. Thursday, May 16.***

A second day of searching Wednesday found no sign of a Honoka`a man missing after going for a swim off Waipio Valley.

Kevin Devlin, 62, was last seen at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

The search organized by the fire department’s Rescue Company 2 based in Hilo got underway at 6 a.m. using a rescue boat, divers and Chopper 1.

A department spokesman said while a ground search was conducted across the valley’s beach, the aerial search extended a mile offshore in the area from Laupahoehoe Nui in Hamakua to Hapuu Bay near Kapaau in North Kohala.

SCUBA divers and the rescue boat covered the area from Waialeale to the east to Waimanu Bay to the west, the spokesman said.

The search resumed early this morning.

***Updated with the identity of the missing person at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday, May 15.***

A search of the shoreline and waters around Waipio Valley Tuesday failed to turn up any sign of a missing 62-year-old Honoka`a man, a spokesman for the fire department said.

The missing person, identified by police Wednesday morning as Kevin Devlin, also known as Shawn Devlin, was last seen at about 6:30 p.m. Monday when he told a friend he was going for a swim.

His campsite was later found undisturbed with his belongings “neatly stacked” near the shoreline, the fire department spokesman said.

Devlin was described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds with short, thin white hair.

A fire department rescue boat and both of the department’s rescue helicopters aided in the search that began shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The search resumed at first light Wednesday.

Anyone with information on Devlin is asked to call Officer Dion Santiago at 775-7533 or the police department at 935-3311.

The fire department search for a 62-year-old Honoka`a man entered its third day this morning.

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