- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County police have arrested the parents of a missing boy after serving a search warrant in a welfare fraud investigation.

Peter Kema Sr. and Jaylin Kema were arrested Wednesday on drug and weapons offenses. Jaylin Kema was also arrested the day before on suspicion of theft.

Police had assisted the state Welfare Fraud Investigation Division with the execution of a search warrant at the couple’s home in Puna. Police uncovered items unrelated to the state investigation, resulting in the couple’s arrest.

Police said Jaylin Kema was charged with theft Thursday. Both she and her husband remained at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continue to investigate possible drug and firearms charges.

The couples’ arrest is unrelated to the 1997 disappearance of their 6-year-old son, Peter Kema Jr., known as “Peter Boy.”

Peter Kema Sr. had told authorities he took the child to Oahu and gave him to an “Aunty Rose Makuakane” in an informal adoption. Police could not find a woman as described by Kema or airline records indicating he had flown there.

Big Island police initially investigated the boy’s disappearance as a missing-person case, but then launched a homicide investigation in 2000.

The Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth announced last year that police were pursuing new information in the case, which he said could be presented this year.

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