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Parents Charged with Murder of Peter “Boy” Kema Jr.

April 29, 2016, 7:45 AM HST
* Updated April 29, 7:55 AM
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Peter Kema Sr. (left) and file photo of Jaylin Kema (right). Photos courtesy Hawaiʻi Police Department.

Peter Kema Sr. (left) and file photo of Jaylin Kema (right). Photos courtesy Hawaiʻi Police Department.

Police on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi have charged a Pāhoa couple with murder in connection with the disappearance of their son 19 years ago.

Forty-five-year-old Peter Kema Sr. and his 46-year-old wife, Jaylin Kema, were arrested Thursday afternoon, April 29, 2016, on the strength of a Grand Jury indictment for the death of Peter Kema Jr., also known in the media as “Peter Boy” Kema.

Both parents were 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.

"Peter Boy" Kema showing what he looked like when he went missing in 1997 (left) and what he would look like in an age progressed image (right) produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“Peter Boy” Kema showing what he looked like when he went missing in 1997 (left) and what he would look like in an age progressed image (right) produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

They are being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for today, Friday, April 30.

Peter Kema Jr., was six years old when he disappeared in 1997.

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