Timothy Wendell Noonan Jr.

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Above Images: Noonan, circa 2006

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 14, 2006 from Kauai County, Hawaii
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Age: 36 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Noonan's nickname is Tim.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Noonan was last seen in Kauai County, Hawaii on March 14, 2006. He had become homeless and his friends, Aurora Solveig Fehring Dingwall and her husband, Alan Gareth Dingwall, had invited him to stay on their six-acre property with them and their son, Rowan Dingwall. An engaged couple, Daniel Arroyo and Christina MacNees, were also staying with the Dingwalls. Aurora's business partner was a landscaper, Carl Wayne Rotstein. They were all going to celebrate MacNees and Arroyo's wedding, and Rowan's second birthday was a few days later.

    That morning, after forty days of rain, the Kaloko Dam was breached and spilled an estimated 400 million gallons of water on the Kauai North Shore community below it. Arroyo, MacNees, Rotstein, Noonan and the Dingwall family were all swept away. Alan, Aurora and MacNees's bodies were later found; photos of them are posted below this case summary. The other four victims have never been located.

    The dam, which was over a century old, was owned by James Pflueger, one of the wealthiest and most prominent businessmen in Hawaii. After its collapse, authorities determined it had never been inspected by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), although state law requires all dams to be inspected at least once every five years. The DLNR said Pflueger had refused to let them conduct any inspections.

    A grand jury subsequently indicted Pflueger for seven counts of manslaughter and one count of reckless endangerment because he had allegedly covered the dam's spillway, an emergency feature used to keep water from flowing over the top of the dam, and caused the disaster. A photo of Pflueger, who is in his eighties, is posted below this case summary. In July 2013, seven years after the dam break, he reached a plea agreement with prosecutors. Pflueger pleaded guilty to one felony count of first-degree reckless endangerment. His company, Pacific 808 Properties, took responsibility for the manslaughter charges and agreed to pay a $50,000 fine for each victim, a total of $350,000. None of that money will go to the victims' families; instead, it will go to the state and be used to pay for dam inspections. Pflueger was sentenced to seven months in jail, five years of probation and a $7,000 fine for his role in the disaster. Just a few weeks into his sentence, however, he was released and put on home detention because of health reasons.

    Arroyo, Noonan, Rotstein and Rowan are all presumed drowned, but their bodies have never been located.

    MacNees Alan
    Aurora Pflueger
    Top Left: Christina MacNees;
    Top Right: Alan Dingwall;
    Bottom Left: Aurora Dingwall;
    Bottom Right: James Pflueger

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

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    Source Information
    The Hawaii Reporter
    Hawaii News Now
    The Honolulu Star-Bulletin
    Kauai Police Department
    KHON 2

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 6, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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