New evidence breathes life into missing persons case 16 years later

Published On: Jan 31 2013 11:07:00 PM HST
KANEOHE, Hawaii -

New evidence breathes new life into the case of a man missing for more than 16 years.

Rick Calhau had a plan. He was going to pop over to Kalihi for an hour to visit his friends, then go back to his home in Kaneohe. But there was reason for concern, he had told his family his life was in danger.

The concern grew when Rick's truck turned up in Aiea, and Rick never made it home. He went missing in November 1996, a year later there still weren't any leads.
"We're not any closer as far as we're concerned, but the police maybe," said Calhau's mother Pat Calhau.

Now 16 years have passed, police had interviewed people associated with Calhau, but have never made an arrest. Suddenly they're saying they have new information, the family is shocked.

Police say the new information has them actively looking at the case again, but what that information is they won't say.

Calhau's mother told KITV she's well past the point of thinking her son's OK, but she still wants to know what happened, and what police just learned.

"I think eventually they will be told if it pans out you know. You don't want to give them information that might not be true," said Sgt. Kim Buffett.

Police said even a small detail can be important for detectives. 

"After 20 years you know things and people, life change, something triggers a memory," said Sgt. Buffett.

No matter what the details are police say it's a long awaited step forward.

"That's good news for the family, everybody needs closure, and for 20 years your sons just missing, this is an open door for her right now," said Sgt. Buffett.

Crimestoppers asks that anyone who remembers anything about Calhau's disappearance to call 955-8300.


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