Jason Roy Henderson
Henderson, approximately 2002; Henderson's tattoo
Date reported missing : 08/14/2002
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
Biracial, Black, White
DOB : 03/31/1972 (49)
Age at the time of disappearance: 30 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 180 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Red surfing shorts with a black stripe on the side and a pocket secured with velcro, a wedding band with yellow gold trim outlined with white gold, and no shirt.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) male. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Henderson's nicknames are Hendu, Jay, Ja-Bo, Bird, and Birdman. He has a tattoo of a ram's head, the Aries sign, on his upper right arm. A photo of the tattoo is shown below this case summary. Henderson wears reading glasses.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Henderson was last seen by his wife at 10:00 a.m. August 14, 2002, as he left to go fishing approximately half a mile off the coast of the big island in Hawaii.
He took his Seahawk Zodiac raft out of Mahukona Harbor to fish in the ocean. It is described as twelve feet long, blue and green and yellow in color, with an outboard two-horse Honda motor. The name "Angel Pudding" is written on the outboard end of the raft, in front of the outboard motor mount, with black Marsh pen.
On the raft was a military camouflAge at the time of disappearance: Camel Pack with water on board, a red diving floater, two fishing poles, MRE packAge at the time of disappearance: s, two black and white oars, and a red air pump. Henderson also carried his cellular phone, wallet, and keys in the pocket of his surfing shorts. Other fishermen saw him on the water at approximately 6:00 p.m. He has never been heard from again.
When Henderson did not return by 10:00 p.m. as planned, his family notified authorities and a search was launched. There had been a strong current that day. No sign of Henderson or his belongings were ever found, in spite of a massive search effort involving the U.S. Coast Guard.
Henderson is a 1990 graduate of Norton High School in Norton, Ohio, and went on to serve ten years in the U.S. Army's Special Forces. He graduated from the University of Hawaii as a commissioned officer through its ROTC program in May 2002.
He was a second lieutenant in the Hawaii National Guard at the time of his disappearance, and was scheduled to go to Georgia for military training in October 2002. Henderson left behind two children. His wife has since remarried. He is believed to have become lost at sea.
Other information and links : ncy
Kona Police Station
September 2021 updates and sources
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October 12, 2004. July 9, 2012; picture added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.