Remains of missing Big Island hiker identified after 6 yearsPublished 10:14 PM HST Aug 08, 2013Video Transcript
after 6 long years.. Good evening, I'm Kenny Choi. And I'm Yunji de Nies.. The family of a Michigan man finally have an answer after years of waiting. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa reports. Brian Patrick Murphy was supposed to go on an adventurous Mauna Kea hike and come back ... BUT, that was six years ago--- Now, police say---the human remains found last week in a remote location--nowhere near a marked trail--- at about 12,000 feet up the volcano...are those of the lost hiker. "3452 IT'S A PLACE I WOULD IMAGINE VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD GO TO BECAUSE IT'S WAY OFF OF ANY PATHWAY AND IT'S FAR FORM THE ROADWAY AREA 3503 The father of two and grandfather of five-- parked his rental car at the visitor center--- checked in wearing shorts and a t-shirt---changed into warm clothes...and took off for his hike- It was December... "3531 WHEN HE WENT UP THERE A STORM CAME IN WHICH INCLUDED A LOT OF SNOW SO THAT IS WHY I'M ASSUMING MAINLY WHY HE DIDN'T MAKE IT BECAUSE A STORM CAME IN 3554 Back in 2007, Fire crews did an intense search for days--searching by air and by foot-- navigating through snow and lava, But there were no signs of Murphy. Family members flew in from Michigan to do their own searching and Investigators continued to do sporadic ones. Police say after all these years.. They're relieved they can end the mystery for the family. 3605 THE DAUGHTER WAS VERY HAPPY THAT HIS REMAINS WERE FOUND 3610 Police say an off-duty ranger who was exploring the remote Mauna Kea region with other hikers found Murphy's remains. Back to you guys.