Keoni has been recovered!  He was located in October of 2012.  Thank you to all of those who followed his case and helped to bring him home safely.  Please read below for the full story.


Keoni Rocha Age Progressed to 5 Years Old

Keoni Rocha Age Progressed to 5 Years Old

Keoni Rocha

Keoni Rocha

Keoni Rocha

Date of Birth: January 22, 2005

Biracial (Asian/Hispanic) Male

Height: 3’6”     Weight: 38 lbs

Hair: Black     Eyes: Brown

Missing: July 1, 2007     From: San Diego, CA

Distinguishing Features:  He has scars on his back and chest.  He also has a birthmark on his leg.


Keoni Rocha and his mother Leilani Masumoto REUNITED!

Keoni Rocha and his mother Leilani Masumoto REUNITED!

Keoni was abducted by his father, Julio Rocha.  A felony warrant for Kidnapping was issued for Julio on October 27, 2009.  Keoni’s case is one that inspires great amounts of hope for left behind parents.  As the years pass after a child has been abducted, attention to that child’s case tends to taper off.  Left behind is a parent, desperate for help, still living a nightmare every day.  Keoni’s mother, Leilani Masumoto, can testify to the devastating life led after a child is abducted.  Leilani waited 5 years, that’s 1825 days, for her son to come home.  A young girl doing research for a school project is the one that is responsible for Keoni being reunited with his Mom.  While doing research, the girl came across NCMEC’s poster for Keoni, who suffers from autism.  Looking at the poster, she quickly realized that it was the little boy, who was living right next to her house with his grandparents, just outside of Mexico City.  This brave young girl called authorities, and investigators were able to negotiate the voluntary return of Keoni at the Mexico City airport, where his mother once again was able to hold her baby boy in her arms.

The end to this case is one that we hope every case will end as.  We continue to promote education regarding child abductions, and we encourage citizens around the world to take a little time, look at the children’s cases, because you never know when you will be at the right place, at the right time, armed with the right information to help bring a child home.  It is a simple gesture, yet one that breathes life back into shattered families.  Keoni was not forgotten, and because of this he is home today.  His story inspires society to do better, to acknowledge that terrible things do happen, and to educate themselves on what they can do to help resolve these situations and work to make this world safer for our children.


Keoni’s story is not entirely over yet however.  His father, Julio Rocha has not yet been apprehended, anyone with any information regarding Rocha’s possible whereabouts is asked to contact authorities immediately.


Julio Rocha

Julio Rocha

Julio Rocha

Date of Birth: April 17, 1975

Hispanic Male

Height: 5’9”     Weight: 180 lbs

Hair: Brown     Eyes: Brown

Distinguishing Features: He has a scar on his right forearm.

Alias Name: Miguel Martinez





If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Keoni Rocha, please immediately contact the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office at:



The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at:


 Parental Child Abduction is Child Abuse



~ by LTWH on January 5, 2012.

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