WAILUKU, Hawaii (KHON2) — Maui police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing person.
Joseph Wyatt, 37, was last seen at his home in Honokawai on Thursday, Feb. 3, at around 5:45 p.m.
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Wyatt’s girlfriend reported him and his dog (Mana) missing on Saturday, Feb. 5, after he didn’t come home from a short camping trip.
People who live in the Nakalele Point area found his white Ford SUV there and his dog on Friday, Feb. 4.
Wyatt’s best friend, Scott Wilson, said he goes by Joey.
Wilson said Wyatt moved to Maui in 2017 and works at a hotel in Kaanapali. The two have been best friends for years and speak every day.
Wilson moved to Florida in 2020 and said he spoke to Wyatt the day he went missing.
“I was still at work, got a text that said hey, me and Mana are going camping and he sent me some pictures,” Wilson said.
Police said Wyatt was last seen at his Honokowai home around 5:45 p.m. on Thursday.
One of the photos Wyatt sent Wilson was taken at 6:17 p.m. on that Thursday from Honolua Bay, Scott said the text message was received at 6:54 p.m.
“He called me that night at 2 a.m. my time. So about 9 p.m. Maui time,” Wilson said.
Wilson said he was working and didn’t answer, and that Wyatt didn’t leave a voicemail.
On Friday morning, Mana was found at Nakalele by a nearby resident, and Wyatt’s car was found parked unattended there too.
“His car was there, his car keys were in the car and his passport was in the car,” Wilson said Maui police told him.
Wilson also said police told him that Wyatt’s phone was not in the car.
Maui police told KHON2 on Sunday afternoon that they do not suspect foul play at this time and the vehicle is in police custody.
“The fact that Mana was found running around not with Joey, that’s the part that scared me, because Mana would not have left him,” said Wilson.
A high surf advisory was issued by the National Weather Service Thursday afternoon for the north-facing shores of Maui. Surf heights jumped overnight into Friday morning.
Maui police, Maui fire, and the U.S. Coast Guard spent Sunday, Feb. 5, searching for Joey near Nakalele.
Wilson said his best friend loves to camp in his car and he’s adventurous and enjoys hiking. He is asking the people of Maui to help find him.
“Joey Wyatt has loved and embraced the islands, and he’s shown nothing but love to you all, and now it’s time to show him love back and just bring him home,” he said while in tears.
Police said Wyatt was last seen wearing beige shorts, a blue shirt, and brown OluKai slippers. He is 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds, he has blonde hair and blue eyes.
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If you have any information, call the Maui Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 244-6400. If it is an emergency then call 9-1-1.