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UPDATE: Missing Man Found in Lava Field Near Vehicle

May 7, 2014, 5:51 PM HST
* Updated May 8, 5:33 PM
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***Updated 11:53 a.m. and 3:59 p.m. Thursday, May 8.***

A Kailua-Kona man who failed to show up for work in Waimea Tuesday was located this morning alive along Highway 190 near where his disabled vehicle was found two days ago.

Police had been looking for Arthur Medina after finding his vehicle along the highway in Puuanahulu Tuesday.

Sgt. Grad Elarionoff said his vehicle had apparently run off the road, resulting in flattened tires.

Medina then apparently attempted to walk for help and became disoriented.


He was located at 8 a.m. today about 200 yards south of Puu Waawaa Ranch, not far from where his car was found.


Elarionoff said Medina was found walking in a lava field next to Highway 190 by a passerby.

Medina was wearing dark clothes, which apparently made him difficult to spot during earlier searches.

He was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.


Elarionoff said officers have not yet had an opportunity to question Medina about the incident.

Posted 5:51 p.m. Wednesday, May 7:

Police are asking for the public’s help locating a 33-year-old Kona man who dropped off his children Tuesday morning but failed to show up at work in Waimea.

Police said Arthur Medina’s vehicle was found in Puuanahulu on Highway 190 with damages indicating it had been in a collision, but a search of the area turned up no sign of the Kailua-Kona man.

Medina is described as 5-foot-5 and 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He has a large tattoo of wings on his upper chest, a spider in the middle of his back and a large tattoo on his upper back.

Anyone with information on Medina is asked to call the police department at 935-3311.

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