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UPDATE: Murder Charges Filed Against Parents of ‘Peter Boy’ Kema

April 28, 2016, 5:04 PM HST
* Updated April 28, 7:31 PM
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Jaylin Kema (left) and Peter Kema St. HPD photos.

Jaylin Kema (left) and Peter Kema Sr. HPD file photos.

***Updated at 7:25 p.m.***

The Hawai’i Police Department reports that Jaylin Kema has also been arrested. Her husband Peter Kema Sr. was arrested during a traffic stop Thursday.

Police say the pair have been charged with second-degree murder.

Peter Kema Sr. was also charged with driving without a license. His bail was set at $500,500.

Jaylin Kema’s bail was set at $150,000.


The pair is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending their initial court appearance on Friday.


***Original story posted at 5:04 p.m.***

Second-degree murder charges have been filed against Peter Kema Sr. and his wife, Jaylin Kema, in the mysterious death of their son, Peter Kema Jr., who was six years old at the time of his disappearance in 1997.

Bench warrants were issued for their arrests on Thursday afternoon. Peter Kema Sr. was arrested later Thursday during a traffic stop. It is not known if his wife has yet been taken into custody.


Last November, the pair was arrested in a case unrelated to their son’s disappearance. A search warrant was executed on their home in Ainaloa involving a welfare fraud investigation. Items involving drugs and ammunition were found in the home. Jaylin Kema was charged in the investigation, while Peter Kema Sr. was released pending further investigation.

Prosecutors reopened the missing child’s case two years ago.

Stay with BigIslandNow.com for more information on this case as it becomes available.Bench warrants were issued for their arrests on Thursday afternoon.

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