Kauai police seek help with finding missing Nebraska man

Martinez is a student at UNL
Samuel Martinez
Posted at 8:19 PM, May 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-31 16:24:27-04

LIHUE, Hi (KMTV) — The Kauai Police Department (KPD) in Hawaii put out a news release on Saturday asking for the public’s help with locating a missing University of Nebraska student.

Samuel Martinez, 23, reportedly flew to Kauai on May 12 with the intention of hiking and camping while on the island. According to a report, he was expected to return to Nebraska on May 25 but reportedly missed his outbound flight.

This missing person case was initially reported to the Lincoln Police Department. Nebraska police reached out to KPD on May 27 at which point a miscellaneous outside assist report was generated and an investigation on-island commenced.

Missing UNL student Samuel Martinez

According to a preliminary report, flight records and safe travel records indicate that Martinez did indeed land on Kauai on May 12 and was screened for entry onto the island at the Lihue Airport. Further investigation revealed that Martinez acquired eight separate permits to camp at different locations around the island, including Kokee State Park and the Kalalau Trail.

Multiple attempts to contact Martinez have been unsuccessful and the investigation remains ongoing. Martinez is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs around 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Martinez’s whereabouts on Kauai is urged to call KPD at (808) 241-1711. Those who wish to remain anonymous can report a tip to Crime Stoppers Kauai at (808) 246-8300 or