Sunday, February 27, 2022

The Disappearance of Khiara Henry


Khiara Henry vanished at the age of 23 on July 21st, 2019. The San Diego native disappeared while on a solo trip to Hawaii. Khiara first arrived in Maui on July 18th. She checked into the Aston Maui Hill in Kīhei and spent the next few days taking various guided tours. On July 21st, Khiara decided to rent a car so she could take a one-day visit to Waiʻānapanapa in Hāna. She was seen around 2:00 PM at a Hertz Rental Car in Kahului, where she rented a black Nissan Sentra. This was the last known sighting of Khiara, and she has never been seen or heard from again. 

Surveillance footage of Khiara at the rental agency

On July 23rd, 2019, the Nissan Sentra was found in the gravel parking lot of Waiʻānapanapa State Park. Officials noted that the car appeared to be abandoned. However, Khiara was not reported missing at that time. Two days later, park officials contacted the Maui Police Department to make a "suspicious activity report" regarding the seemingly abandoned vehicle. 

Meanwhile, Khiara's family members reached out to authorities in Maui after several calls and texts to Khiara's phone went unanswered. On July 26th, 2019, it was announced that several of Khiara's items--including her luggage and identification--were found inside the car at Waiʻānapanapa State Park. It was at that point when it sunk in that Khiara was missing. She was officially reported missing shortly thereafter.

Searches for Khiara throughout Waiʻānapanapa State Park ended unsuccessfully. Many have speculated that Khiara had an accident while hiking, but this has yet to be confirmed. None of Khiara's missing items, such as her black backpack, cell phone, and rental car keys have been found. Additionally, the last known sighting of Khiara was at the rental car agency--not the park. Although her rental car was found at the park, it appears that nobody reported seeing Khiara herself at the park. However, the mileage in the rental car indicates that it was driven straight from the Hertz to Waiʻānapanapa.

Khiara's family members are still desperately seeking answers. They have set up a Facebook page to continue to spread awareness about Khiara's case. They have also raised a $25,000 reward for anyone with information on what might have happened to Khiara.

If you have any information that could help the investigation, please call the Henry's family hotline at 808-757-5102.

 

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