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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 1, 2010

New Jersey man found safe on Big Island

Advertiser Staff

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Joel Elliott Collins.

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Hawaii County police said a 22-year-old New Jersey man reported missing in the area of Kehena Beach in lower Puna has been found unharmed.

Joel Elliott Collins was found in Keaau at 10:37 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

Collins had last been contacted by family members March 25, when he told them he was at a beach park.

Police said Collins' backpack was found on the side of a road near Kehena Beach Park on Monday and turned in as found property.