From KHON2’s archives: The search for Jie Zhao Li

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“Peter Boy” Kema isn’t the only child in Hawaii to go missing under suspicious circumstances. Back in 1988, a 12-year-old girl disappeared while selling chili tickets in Nuuanu. This report by Nelson Daranciang from our KHON2 News archives originally aired on April 14, 1995. The script is posted verbatim below.


This is how 12-year-old Jie Zhao Li looked when she disappeared in the Nuuanu area seven years ago.

This is what she could look like today, thanks to computer-generated age-progression technology. Her picture was printed on direct mail advertising.

“ADVO card is an advertisement card with the advertisement of some local store, and then the child and the circumstances on the other side,” said Anne Clarkin of the Missing Children Clearinghouse. “They’re mailed to individual homes across the nation, hundreds and thousands of individuals.”

Actually to more than 57 million homes nationwide, and the response has been overwhelming.

“There have been non-stop leads since the first ADVO cards have been printed out. This office has received 33 leads in the last two days,” said Clarkin.

Li was last seen seven years ago, going door-to-door selling fundraiser tickets. One of the last places she stopped at was a 7-Eleven on Nuuanu Avenue.

Despite roadblocks, door-to-door searches, and a reward, police have not been able to find out what happened to her.

Clarkin is quick to point out that the latest campaign doesn’t mean police are getting any closer to solving the case, “but it does mean we’re getting more leads. We can investigate new leads, and we’ve got other avenues open to us that we never had before.”


Unfortunately, Li was never found, and her photo is still featured on The Missing Child Center-Hawaii, a branch of the State Attorney General’s office. Click here for more information.

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