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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, April 19, 2010

Missing hiker identified by Kauai officials

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Ryan Soper

Kauai Fire Department

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Rescue crews on Kauai have identified a hiker missing since Thursday as Ryan Soper, 26, of Orem, Utah.

Rescue workers are utilizing a two-pronged approach as they search for Roper, who went missing in the Wailua Valley Thursday.

Soper is 5 feet 10 and and about 240 pounds. He has short blond hair, blue eyes, a fair complexion and a large build, according to Kauai officials.

Soper was last seen wearing a black Under Armor shirt with long sleeves and a pair of black and white board shorts.

Anyone with information about Soper is asked to called Police Dispatch at 241-1711 or Crime Stoppers, 241-1887.

Spokeswoman Mary Daubert said rescue specialists from the Lihue fire station, firefighters from the Koloa and Waimea stations, DLNR personnel, and a canine search team split into two groups to resume the search after meeting at the command post near the Wailua River boat ramp at 8 a.m. yesterday.

One team searched in the upper end of the valley, while the other combed the area above Wailua Falls in former sugar cane land.