- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The father of a boy missing since 1997 is no longer in custody and has not been charged in connection with a welfare fraud investigation.

Hawaii County police officers executed a search warrant for the Welfare Fraud Investigation Division at the home of Peter Kema Sr. and his wife, Jaylin Kema.

The two were arrested on suspicion of drug and firearms offenses. Jaylin appeared in a Hilo court Friday on a second-degree theft charge.

Detectives continue to investigate the couple.

The investigation is unrelated to the couple’s son, ‘Peter Boy’ Kema, who was six years old when he went missing. Three years after he disappeared, authorities launched a homicide investigation.

A prosecutor said in November of last year that new information in the case could be presented in 2015.

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