Man still missing after 3 weeks
Daniel Marks from Oregon was last seen on Kauai on Nov. 19
LIHUE » Despite a search by worried relatives and Kauai police, a 24-year-old visitor to Kauai remains missing after three weeks.
Has brown hair and tattoos above his temples
Daniel Marks' family flew in from Oregon and has been searching for him on the Garden Isle, plastering trail heads and supermarket bulletin boards with "missing" posters, police said.
There have been several reported sightings, but the fate of Marks, who came to Kauai to do some camping, is still unknown.
"Calls have been coming in, putting him in the north, south, east, west," said Claire Ueno, KPD's missing-persons specialist.
The last confirmed sighting, Ueno said, was from a man who picked Marks up hitchhiking on Nov. 19.
Marks told the man he was going to go to Kalalau State Park, but from a nearly impossible way -- from the cliffs overlooking Kalalau, a steep, treacherous climb through thick vegetation with an elevation change of nearly 5,000 feet.
Police have sent word into remote Kalalau State Park, which is usually accessible in winter only via an 11-mile hiking trail from Kauai's North Shore.
And while there have been reports of men in the Kalalau Valley meeting Marks' description, Ueno said, no confirmation has been made.
There was good news from Kalalau yesterday regarding another missing-person search, however. Laura Holschen, reported missing by her family and thought to be living in Kalalau, was located by police yesterday thanks to press coverage.
Marks is Caucasian, 5 feet 8 inches tall, between 130 to 140 pounds, and has brown eyes and hair and a beard. He has small tattoos above both his temples that are barely visible.
Marks is not the first person to have apparently disappeared in the rugged Na Pali Coast. Last January, Bradford Turek of Ohio was last seen at Hanakapiai Beach, near the two-mile marker on the Kalalau Trail.
Turek's wallet was found near the beach, but he was never seen again, despite a search by his relatives and local investigators.
Anyone with information about Marks is urged to call Police Dispatch at 241-1711, Ueno at 241-1696 or CrimeStoppers at 241-1887.