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Helm, circa 1977
Missing Since 03/07/1977
Classification Lost/Injured Missing
Date of Birth Used 03/23/1950 (71)
Age 26 years old
Height and Weight Unknown
Distinguishing Characteristics Pacific Islander male. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Helm had a full beard at the time of his 1977 disappearance.
The military conducted an extensive search of the area of the Pacific Ocean where Helm and Mitchell disappeared, but no trace of the men was located. It is generally believed that they perished in some sort of accident at sea, but many Hawaiian activists believed that foul play was involved in their disappearance. Evidence supporting that theory has never been uncovered.
Unconfirmed sightings of Helm continued into the 1980s. He and Mitchell became martyrs symbolizing the Hawaiian movement. Kahoolawe was returned to the state of Hawaii in 1994. Helm's recordings were re-released in 1996, 19 years after his presumed death. His music received critical praise and gained renewed attention afterwards.
Helm and Mitchell's cases remain unsolved, but their disappearances are no longer actively investigated.
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