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Missing boy believed to be in Hawaii found in Florida


Police in Florida have located a missing Arizona boy and his non-custodial father.

Nine-year-old Benjamin Kaiser-Griffin had been missing since May 21 and authorities in Chandler, Arizona, thought he might be in Hawai’i.

His father, 43-year-old James Anthony Kaiser, was arrested Saturday (September 5) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and his being held pending extradition proceedings. The boy has been reunited with his mother.

The case was listed on the web site for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It was also featured on “Hawai’i Island’s Most Wanted.”

MEDIA RELEASE (07/31/09)

Benjamin Kaiser-Griffin

Benjamin Kaiser-Griffin

The Hawai’i Police Department is assisting authorities from Chandler, Arizona, in searching for a 9-year-old boy believed to be in the custody of his non-custodial father.

The case is listed on the website for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Benjamin Kaiser-Griffin has been missing since May 21. He is described as Caucasian, 4-feet tall, 65 pounds with blond hair and brown eyes.

His father, 43-year-old James Anthony Kaiser, is described as Caucasian, 6-feet tall, 200 pounds with blond hair and hazel eyes.

Authorities in Arizona believe the father and son may be in Hawai’i.

James Kaiser

James Kaiser

Police ask that anyone with information on their whereabouts call the Hawai’i Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

One Response to “Missing boy believed to be in Hawaii found in Florida”

  1. aztransplant says:

    Thank you for keeping the story alive. The mother is grateful to have her little boy back and is frustrated (putting it lightly) that James continues to make poor choices regarding their son. He's claiming hes a libertarian and doesn't carry a driver's license when in reality he usually has one only it's usually suspended as it is now. He's claiming he kept his son to keep him off ADD medication that he's been prescribed, when he kept his son out of school and away from his mother long before the little boy was on medication. He's a fruitloop and will hopefully be punished accordingly. The little boy deserves better than a whacked out father who claims to be "willing to go to jail" to make a point about court orders, interestingly enough he puts his child back into the hands of the very person he was trying to keep him away from. Now he will likely get zero time with his son. Not very well thought through on his part I wouldn't think.


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