Jason Roy Henderson

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Above Images: Henderson, circa 2002


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 14, 2002 from Mahukona, Hawaii
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 31, 1972
  • Age: 30 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) male. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Henderson's nicknames are Hendu, Jay, Ja-Bo, Bird, and Birdman. He has a tattoo of a ram's head, the Aries sign, on his upper right arm. A photo of the tattoo is shown below this case summary. Henderson wears reading glasses.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Red surfing shorts with a black stripe on the side and a pocket secured with velcro, a wedding band with yellow gold trim outlined with white gold, and no shirt.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Henderson was last seen by his wife at 10:00 a.m. August 14, 2002, as he left to go fishing approximately half a mile off the coast of the big island in Hawaii. He took his Seahawk Zodiac raft out of Mahukona Harbor to fish in the ocean. It is described as twelve feet long, blue and green and yellow in color, with an outboard two-horse Honda motor. The name "Angel Pudding" is written on the outboard end of the raft, in front of the outboard motor mount, with black Marsh pen. On the raft was a military camouflage Camel Pack with water on board, a red diving floater, two fishing poles, MRE packages, two black and white oars, and a red air pump. Henderson also carried his cellular phone, wallet, and keys in the pocket of his surfing shorts. Other fishermen saw him on the water at approximately 6:00 p.m. He has never been heard from again.

    When Henderson did not return by 10:00 p.m. as planned, his family notified authorities and a search was launched. There had been a strong current that day. No sign of Henderson or his belongings were ever found, in spite of a massive search effort involving the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Henderson is a 1990 graduate of Norton High School in Norton, Ohio, and went on to serve ten years in the United States Army's Special Forces. He graduated from the University of Hawaii as a commissioned officer through its ROTC program in May 2002. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Hawaii National Guard at the time of his disappearance, and was scheduled to go to Georgia for military training in October 2002. Henderson left behind two children. His wife has since remarried. He is believed to have become lost at sea.

    Above: Henderson's tattoo


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kona Police Station


    Source Information
    The Akron Beacon Journal
    The Honolulu Advertiser


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 9, 2012; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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