HONOLULU (KHON2) — Two men have been charged in connection with the disappearance of 18-month-old Kytana Ancog.
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Travis Rodrigues, also known as Travis Heffelinger, has been charged with murder in the second degree. His bail has been set at $2 million.
Rodrigues, who Honolulu police have identified as Ancog’s father, was arrested on Feb. 13 for his alleged role in the murder investigation.
The second suspect, 48-year-old Scott Carter, has been charged with hindering a prosecution in the first degree. His bail has been set at $1 million.
Honolulu Police say the mother brought the child to Rodrigues’ home in Aiea on January 31. Officers went to the home with K9 units after Rodrigues was arrested, but there’s been no official word on what they may have found.
Experts say investigators are probably looking for some type of forensic evidence.
“Blood spatter found on the walls or found on the clothing of the defendant, those type of things” said Ricky Roy Damerville, retired Big Island prosecutor. “They can all lead a jury of 12 fine people to come to a conclusion that the person is deceased, even though the body is not present.”
He prosecuted the Peter Boy Kema case, a child on the Big Island whose body was never found.
“It can be done without the body. Obviously it makes it much more difficult for the people on this case, but not impossible,” said Damerville.
Rodrigues also goes by the name Travis Heffelinger, and has a long criminal record, including a federal conviction for drugs and weapons, in which he was sentenced to 10 years. Court records show he was also charged first degree robbery in 2018. But the case was dismissed because the witness could not be located.
“There’s gonna be a lot of people second guessing themselves about what happened in 2018 because it’s possible he would have been off the street in 2019,” said Damerville.
Carter was also convicted of multiple felonies, which include burglary and car theft.
On behalf of the Mora and Ancog family, we are grateful to hear that charges were filed today against Mr. Rodrigues, and Mr. Carter, and also feel that their bails amounts were adequate. Since Kytana has not been located, the family is still asking for the public’s help in bringing her home. If anyone has any information at all, please call HPD.Shawna Delos Santos