A Maryland Navy veteran who was on honeymoon with his wife in Hawaii was found dead four days after he went missing during a hike.
Stephen Kramar, 27, ventured off the resort in Kaunakakai, Molokai where he was staying with his new wife, Jeffanie Kramar, to find a hike they could undertake together, but he never returned from the scouting expedition.
Stephen’s body was found about half of a mile away from the resort, on the day the newlyweds were set to leave the island to head home to Potomac.
Investigators remain unclear about the circumstances leading up to his death, with an autopsy due to be scheduled.
A GoFundMe campaign which was intially created to aid with the search effort is now accepting donations to bring Stephen’s body home and help support his family.
Stephen’s body was found about half of a mile away from the resort where he was staying with Jeffanie Kramar (left), on the day the newlyweds were set to leave the island
An update to the fundraising page notified donors that loved ones were with Stephen’s wife in the Pacific on Friday.
‘Some family & friends have made it to Hawaii to be with Jeffanie in this time of great difficulty & loss,’ the update read.
‘At this time we ask for your continued support and sympathy toward the entire Kramar family as this campaign continues to assist them in bringing Stephen home. God Bless and Godspeed.’
An update to a GoFundMe campaign set up for the fmaily notified donors that loved ones were with Stephen’s wife in the Pacific on Friday, at which time his body had already been found
Searching for her love, and ultimately learning he was found, lifeless, on a hillside in an area called Pia Gulch, was certainly not how the new bride expected to spend her honeymoon
The pair were staying at the Wavecrest Resort in Molokai when Stephen went to scout hiking locations. He was found dead four days later outside the resort in Pia Gulch
Searching for her love, and ultimately learning he was found, lifeless, on a hillside in an area called Pia Gulch, was certainly not how the new bride expected to spend her honeymoon.
The two had arrived in Molokai on September 9, the day after their wedding.
Stephen was last seen leaving the Wavecrest Resort on Monday, nine days later, on the hunt for a hiking trail suitable for both of their experience levels.
Jeffanie told NBC News that Stephen was an avid hiker, so she wasn’t concerned about him going out alone.
‘He’s experienced, you know,’ Jeffanie said. ‘I wasn’t worried at all about that.’
But when Stephen texted in the afternoon that he was on his way back, and never showed up, she started to become concerned.
Stephen was last seen leaving the Wavecrest Resort on Monday, on the hunt for a hiking trail suitable for both of their experience levels, but never returned from the expedition
‘At 9:30 I called him a few times and it rang so I knew his phone was on, but then around 9:45, 10 o’clock, like, the seventh or eighth attempt of calling him, it went dead. It went to voicemail,’ Jeffanie said.
A little over 36 hours later, Maui police shared a missing person alert over social media, calling for anyone with information about Stephen’s whereabouts to contact the station.
By Wednesday night, Jeffanie was still hopeful Stephen would turn up, writing on another user’s social media post featuring one of their wedding photos:
The two had arrived in Molokai on September 9, the day after their wedding, enjoying nine days together before Stephen would leave the resort on Monday morning and never return
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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Stephanie Haney