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Visiting hiker left to ‘explore waterfalls’ in East Maui, didn’t return

Police and fire search off Hana Highway on Saturday

Hiker Craig Pitt of Florida was found dead at the base of a waterfall on Saturday, according to police, who launched a search for Pitt after he was reported missing and his car was found along Hana Highway near Bamboo Forest on Friday. MPD photo

Described as an avid climber and hiker, Craig Pitt, 35, of Florida, left Wednesday to hike off the road to Hana and was not seen again, according to a family member.

His vehicle was found parked on the Hana Highway shoulder near mile post 7.8 on Friday, police said.

“Please help find my son,” a post on the Find Craig Pitt Facebook said. “He is an avid climber and hiker and said he was going to explore waterfalls in the area.”

Search efforts by Maui police and fire personnel combed the bamboo forest area Saturday, acting police spokesman Sgt. John Sang said in a news release Saturday night.

“Due to the recent rains and unsafe conditions in the area, we are asking that people refrain from searching the area until it is safe to do so,” he said.

Pitt, a 5’11” tall, 185-pound Caucasian male with brown eyes and brown hair, was last seen around noon Wednesday at Banana Bungalows in Paia, according to Maui police. It was believed he intended to hike on one of the trails along Hana Highway.

His vehicle, a silver Toyota Corolla, was found parked on the Hana Highway shoulder near mile post 7.8 at 5:30 p.m., police said.

The investigation remains active and anyone with information is asked to contact the Maui Police at 244-6400.