Davis Samuel Cortez Jr.
Cortez, approximately 2000
Date reported missing : 04/15/2000
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 04/20/1972 (49)
Age at the time of disappearance: 27 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 140 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A camouflAge at the time of disappearance: -print Army jacket, a black long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, white socks and slippers.
Medical conditions : Cortez's infant son died the year before his disappearance and he was depressed as a result.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Asian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Cortez wears a size 9 shoe. He is of Filipino descent.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Cortez was last seen between 12:30 and 1:00 a.m. on April 15, 2000 at the Amfac/JMB Lihue Plantation sugar cane processing plant in Lihue, Hawaii. He worked there at night, oiling and maintaining plantation equipment.
When other employees went looking for him, they found his midnight snack, coffee mug, keys, and street clothes in the break room and his car in the employee parking lot. There was no sign of Cortez himself, however.
Cortez's family speculated that he fell or was pushed into the cane-crushing equipment inside the factory. A shredded green shirt and a mangled rubber work boot in Cortez's size were found in a cane juice extracting machine near the factory the day after his disappearance, but the crime lab couldn't find any blood on the boot.
Because of the way the crushing machines are designed, authorities do not believe a person could fall in by accident. A six-week investigation by the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHA) concluded he did not fall into the crusher, but his family disagrees with this conclusion.
Cortez is described as a reliable worker, and it's uncharacteristics of him to leave without warning. He has never been heard from again and it's unclear what happened to him.
Other information and links : ncy
Kauai Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
North American Missing Persons Network
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin
The Garden Island
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October 12, 2004. September 23, 2012; first name corrected, middle name, Description, clothing, jewerly and more : and Medical conditions : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.