Kawika David Benjamin Chetron

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Above Images: Chetron, circa 2007

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 16, 2007 from Humbolt County, California
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 7, 1974
  • Age: 32 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Red hair, brown eyes. "Kawika" may or may not be Chetron's legal first name; his father stated it means "David" in Hawaiian and he acquired the name as a child.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dry suit with a double liner, and dark-colored diving gear.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Chetron was last seen on March 16, 2007 in Humbolt County, California. He was an underwater photographer at the time of his disappearance and operated the website Cold Water Images. On the day he went missing, he went diving alone at Blunts Reef near Cape Mendocino, five miles offshore. Chetron apparently never resurfaced and has never been heard from again.

    Chetron is described as a very experienced and capable diver; he had been diving since 1986 and was a strong swimmer and physically very fit. The local water temperature at the time of his disappearance was 55 degrees, the sea was calm and he was dressed appropriately. The Coast Guard did an extensive search and located his 17-foot Boston Whaler Montauk boat, half submerged and anchored in about 100 feet of water. There was no indication of Chetron's whereabouts, but his camera was aboard the boat.

    According to his website, Chetron completed high school at the Robert Louis Stevenson School, then went on to study engineering at Harvard University and Stanford University. He is believed to have drowned in an accident at sea.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Humboldt County Sheriff's Department
    707-445-7439

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    Under Current
    CDNN
    Cold Water Images
    KTVU News

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 14, 2007; casefile added.

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