Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 10:30 a.m.

Bill Kapaneko saw something the morning the Maxwells disappearedIn an expanded canvass of the Eastgate Shopping Center area, investigators spoke to Bill Kapaneko, owner of Victor's Pizza, and notified the detectives that Mr. Kapaneko may have noteworthy information. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed Mr. Kapaneko at his restaurant. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.


  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Bill Kapaneko

Detective Armstrong: Thank you for making time for us today, Mr. Kapaneko. Could you state your name and address for the record, please?

Bill Kapaneko: My name is William Kapaneko, and my address is 406 North 16th Street in Oxford. I've owned Victor's Pizza for 22 years now.

Detective Armstrong: You told a deputy that you saw something unusual on Friday morning, January 3rd, is that correct?

Bill Kapaneko: Yes, it is. I believe I saw someone – a boy – running near S. 18th around 4:00 that morning.

Detective Murphy: What were you doing at the time?

Bill Kapaneko: I go in around 4:00 to make pizza dough for the restaurant. All homemade ingredients, you know.

Detective Murphy: Yes, sir. You said it was a boy. Could you tell how old he was?

Bill Kapaneko: I couldn't tell. I just assumed it was one of the kids from the university.

Detective Murphy: And this was at 4:00 a.m.? You're sure about the time?

Bill Kapaneko: Give or take. Could've been a quarter to or a quarter after. At the time, I didn't think much of it or I would've paid more attention.

Detective Armstrong: Where exactly did you see this person?

Bill Kapaneko: I was on S. 18th Street, and I saw him running in the distance. At first, I thought he was a jogger, but then I noticed that he was really moving and he wasn't dressed right.

Detective Armstrong: Could you tell where he was running to? Or from?

Bill Kapaneko: He was running towards Ross Avenue, and then he stopped and looked around like he was wondering exactly where he was. I don't know where he came from.

Detective Murphy: You said he wasn't dressed right. What do you mean?

Bill Kapaneko: He wasn't dressed right for jogging, I mean. He was wearing blue jeans, and he didn't have a coat, which was pretty stupid as cold as it was.

Detective Murphy: Did you notice anything else about him?

Bill Kapaneko: Now that you mention it, he looked dirty, like he'd fallen down in the dirt maybe.

Detective Murphy: Can you describe him at all? How tall he was, what color hair he had, if he was thin or heavy, anything like that?

Bill Kapaneko: No, he was too far away for me to see him clearly. And I must admit, I was still half-asleep. I don't remember him being especially fat or skinny or tall or short. I guess he was kind of average.

Detective Armstrong: Do you think you'd recognize him if you saw him again?

Bill Kapaneko: I'm not sure. I wish I could've seen him better, but I just didn't. It was still dark, and it happened very fast. Is any of this helpful?

Detective Armstrong: Yes, it is. Thank you for talking to us. We'll be in touch if we need anything else.

Bill Kapaneko: You're welcome. Anything I can do.

Interview ends: 10:44 a.m.


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  • Cameron appears to have been shot, not stabbed. Caitlin appears to have been stabbed. The runner didn't have his jacket on. Sounds like Cameron "escaped". The car peeling out could have been to chase him down. I don't think "pearly grey" would register as a dark colored car, but I do think Ryan is somehow involved.

  • While re-reading some of the evidence, I noticed that Bill Kapeneko saw a boy running near S. 18th Street and Tip Tatum lives on S. 18th Street and he was out that morning at the same time the kids disappeared. Did he really not have a car that morning and does he live close to Toby Tubby Creek? Curious.

  • possible..

  • Actions are of a curious nature

  • He could tell the jean color at four in the morning .... even though he was half asleep he admits that. Also it would be to dark unless street light was bright enough and he could tell he was dirty..

  • You are SOOO right. I was honestly thinking the same thing.

  • Correction: I made a misstatement below. I said Tip Tatum lived on S. 18th Street. He doesn't, he lives on Ross Avenue, but that is the direction he seemed to be going according to Bill Kapenko.

  • Actually Ryan Rand lives on Virginia st. which is prwtty close to the place Bill claims to have seen this oby running. Maybe Camreon was running for help from his closest friend ?

  • Ok. Here is my theory.
    You know in the interview with Maggie Jenkins , she said she saw and then heard a screech coming rom the car?
    What if that car parked on the curb, was Ryan pearly grey sportly convertible BMW, as she says the car was two-seater.
    And Ryan was accomplice in staged runaway from our missing siblings, Ryan waited for them with a car running, and then just make a switch with somebody that took the drivers position, and thats why car made a screech, because of a quick start or maybe a driver not used to drive such a sports car... and a person who Bill sees is actually Ryan running back to his house after helping his friends escape from their boring and desperate lives of figure skaters ?

  • I have a few questions:
    1. At 4am, it is dark, how does he know his clothes were dirty? He said he seen him in the distance.
    2. If he paid that close attention to his clothes, then why can't he give some kind of description of the boy.
    It seems to me that he was describing Cameron, but why was he on that side of town? I was going to check the map but it does not show up on my end.

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