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California Couple Located Safe on Kauai

California Couple Located Safe on Kauai
PHOTO: Sugi Grove is located deep in the heart of Kauai.

The Kauai Police Department (KPD) have located a missing California couple in Kokee State Park on Tuesday morning, October 11th, 2022, reports the County of Kauai.

Joseph Lastovic, age 27, of San Diego, California, and Nevin Dizdari, age 26, of California, were located at the Sugi Grove Campground on Tuesday at 8 a.m.

The couple was last seen on October 9th at 9:30 a.m. They relayed to a friend that they were going hiking in Kokee State Park. They later sent a text to a friend at 2 p.m., asking for directions to Shipwreck’s Beach in Poipu. The couple did not return to their hotel room on the North Shore and later missed their scheduled 2:30 p.m. flight to LAX on October 10th.

After the couple missed their flight Monday afternoon, the Kauai Police Department initiated a search for them on October 10th and have been in contact with their family and friends.

“We thank the public for your assistance, and we are relieved that Joseph and Nevin have been located and are safe,” said Investigative Services Bureau (ISB) Capt. Paul Applegate. “Mahalo to our officers and detectives with the Patrol Services Bureau and ISB for their diligent work.”

Joseph Lastovic is a TV soap star who has appeared on Days of our Lives. News reports indicate Joseph and Nevin (Joseph’s roommate) were looking to go on a long hike in Kokee State Park. The long hike near where they were found is possibly the nearby Alakai Swamp Trail.

Sugi Grove Kauai
PHOTO: File photo of lost hikers from the Alakai Swamp Trail in the Sugi Grove area.

However there is a four way intersection on the trail that often confuses hikers, and one of the four ways is a trail that comes out near Sugi Grove, where the couple were found. Without more information we are just guessing at this point, but it’s worth mentioning since we have often come across confused hikers near Sugi Grove who got lost from the Alakai Swamp Trail. It will be interesting to hear the couple’s story.

Another possibility is that the couple drove their rental car to the Sugi Grove Campground and got lost on the nearby hike (Kawaikoi Stream Trail). The Sugi Grove Campground is deep in the heart of Kauai, down a gravel road that can present problems for regular vehicles. Usually, there are a few visitors to the campground area each day. Kauai hunters are also present in this area.

Fortunately, the couple were found alive and in good condition. Samuel Martinez, 23 years old from Nebraska, has never been found after apparently going missing in the same area in May 2021. (His pack was reportedly found near Mohihi Camp-10 Road, the same road that goes to Sugi Grove.)

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