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    Jeff Meek (43), missing from Kea'au, HI since 11/8/14

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/2...-keaau-plumber


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    It's been ten weeks since a Kea'au businessman vanished -- leaving behind puzzling clues, a pregnant wife and a toddler. Now his family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Jeff Meek's location.

    The last time anyone has talked to Jeff Meek was on November 8 -- when he went to clear his 20-acre Pepe'ekeo lot in preparation to start a farm and build a home for his growing family.

    "Jeff called for help. I've got his cell phone records. He made six calls for help because his truck was stuck in the mud," said Meek's mother, Sandra.

    More than two months have gone by and Sandra says every lead that has come in has gone nowhere. His family says they have more questions than answers -- but they say the most puzzling is why did Meek's boots turn up alongside an ocean cliff more than a mile away from his abandoned truck in an area the family had searched days earlier?

    "Someone does know something," said Sandra.

    Meek's mother doesn't believe her son vanished on his own, despite the $50,000 in debt he was facing.

    "He was a man of vision. He would not have walked away. It's not his character, that's why I continue to keep searching," said Sandra.

    The family's $10,000 offer is in addition to the $1,000 CrimeStoppers reward for anyone with information that leads to Meek's location. Anyone with information can call the hotline and remain anonymous: (808) 961-8300.

    Fliers will be posted all over the Kea'au, Pepeekeo and Hilo area with two numbers tipsters can call: # (808) 260-2131 or toll free: # (888) 588-0894.

    "This is my voice in this messages. This is a mother's plea. Help me, please. His wife is six months pregnant, he's got a three year-old and we're doing everything we humanly can," said Sandra.

    Hilo police detectives have described Meek's case as unusual and a bit suspicious, but say it's still being handled as a missing person investigation.

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    There's a big discussion on websleuths about this - lots of weird going on.

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    Hmmm, I will have to go check. Weird is interesting.

    I saw this when he first went missing, and the other story about the person missing in HI made me want to check and see if this guy had been found. I figured he had just gotten lost or something, and they would find him in a few days, when his story first hit the news in November. I was surprised to see he was still missing.

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    https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com...-husband-dead/

    The wife of a Puna man who vanished almost 5 1/2 years ago has filed a civil court petition requesting her husband be declared dead.

    The petition was filed March 13 in Hilo Circuit Court by Honolulu attorney Robert Holland on behalf of Marylou Meek, wife of Jeffrey Everett Meek, who went missing on Nov. 8, 2014.
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    Jeffrey Meek, a 44-year-old plumber from Keaau, was reportedly clearing a 21-acre Pepeekeo Point Subdivision property where his family planned to build a pair of houses, when he called an employee to help free his pickup truck, which was stuck in a patch of mud, police said.

    That was the last time anyone heard from Meek.

    A search was mounted by friends, family and fellow parishioners of the church the Meeks attended, combing the parcel and the nearby shoreline. That effort turned up one of Meek’s boots, two days later. The other boot was found the following day, about a mile-and-a-half away, near a shoreline access point.

    Police classified Meek’s disappearance as a missing person case and said at the time there was no evidence of foul play.

    Meek’s mother, Sandra Meek, a real estate agent who owns two Berkshire Hathaway offices in Southern California, didn’t believe that Meek — father of a son, with one more son on the way — disappeared on his own.

    “Why would he walk a mile and a half while he’s waiting for somebody to come and help him get out of the mud?” Sandra Meek said shortly after her son disappeared. “His cellphone records show the calls that he made for someone to come and help him.”

    Sandra Meek said her son had confronted former employees about alleged thefts from his since-shuttered company, Jeffrey Meek Plumbing in Shipman Business Park. She said the employees “all quit,” and estimated her son’s debts at $50,000 to $60,000.

    “But his gross receipts were in the hundreds of thousands per year. He had a successful company,” she added.

    According to Sandra Meek, her son had been seeing a psychiatrist and was taking medicine for attention deficit disorder. She said, however, he wasn’t depressed “and had absolutely no reason to disappear.”

    An affidavit filed by Holland said there have been “diligent searches and inquiry” into Meek’s disappearance and no “satisfactory explanation for his absence, and Jeffrey Everett Meek is presumed dead.”

    Holland’s document said Marylou Meek, who now lives in Southern California, needs a judicial determination of her husband’s death to obtain a death certificate, which would allow her to obtain Social Security survivor benefits and settle her husband’s affairs.

    At least two private investigators, Steve Goodenow and John Wood, were hired to investigate Meek’s disappearance.

    An affidavit filed by Goodenow said the police investigation and his own — which included a physical search, examination of Meek’s financial and phone records, distribution of posters, and follow-up on all leads — yielded “no positive results.”

    Goodenow wrote that his investigation “developed two general theories regarding Jeffrey Meek’s disappearance.”

    “The first theory is that Mr. Meek may have committed suicide by jumping into the ocean near the family’s property. The other theory was that Mr. Meek was killed by unsavory associates,” Goodenow wrote.

    Goodenow concluded, based on his investigation, “that Jeffrey Meek is deceased due to foul play.”

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