Davis Samuel Cortez Jr.

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Above: Cortez, circa 2000

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 15, 2000 from Lihue, Hawaii
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 20, 1972
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Cortez wears a size 9 shoe. He is of Filipino descent.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A camouflage-print Army jacket, a black long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, white socks and slippers.
  • Medical Conditions: Cortez's infant son died the year before his disappearance and he was depressed as a result.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Cortez was last seen between 12:30 and 1:00 a.m. on April 15, 2000 at the Amfac/JMB Lihue Plantation sugar cane processing plant in Lihue, Hawaii. He worked there at night, oiling and maintaining plantation equipment. When other employees went looking for Cortez, they found his midnight snack, coffee mug, keys, and street clothes in the break room and his car in the employee parking lot. There was no sign of Cortez himself, however.

    Cortez's family speculated that he fell or was pushed into the cane-crushing equpiment inside the factory. A shredded green shirt and a mangled rubber work boot in Cortez's size were found in a cane juice extracting machine near the factory the day after his disappearance, but the crime lab couldn't find any blood on the boot. Because of the way the crushing machines are designed, authorities do not believe a person could fall in by accident. A six-week investigation by the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division concluded Cortez did not fall into the crusher, but his family disagrees with this conclusion.

    Cortez is described as a reliable worker, and it's uncharacteristics of him to leave without warning. He has never been heard from again and it's unclear what happened to him.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kauai Police Department
    808-241-1696

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    Source Information
    North American Missing Persons Network
    The Honolulu Star-Bulletin
    The Garden Island
    NamUs

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 23, 2012; first name corrected, middle name, clothing/jewelry description and medical conditions added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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