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Police search Pearl City area for missing Waipahu woman
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PEARL CITY (HawaiiNewsNow) -- Honolulu Police searched an area in Pearl City where a missing woman's car was found, but it yielded no clues in the woman's disappearance.

A search was conducted Thursday morning along a bike path near Lehua Avenue, where a 2003 Saturn Ion sedan belonging to Loida Wideman was found the day before. Wideman, a single mother of three, has been missing since she left her Waipahu home to head to work Sunday night. She never arrived, according to co-workers.

Nearly 20 officers of HPD's Specialized Services Division also spent nearly an hour and-a-half Thursday afternoon scouring a heavily wooded area west of Lehua Avenue.

"They found nothing," said Wideman's brother, Junior Gabon, shortly after he spoke with a detective. "There was no evidence of, like, she'd been murdered."

But Gabon said the lack of murder evidence still gives the family hope. "We're just hoping that maybe someone abducted her. That's why she was not able to (come) out in public."

Wideman's car was parked by Kado's Lunch House. "Tuesday, we noticed it here," said Kado's owner Dennis Kadokawa. "I don't know what time, early in the morning maybe. It was still here."

Kadokawa said most cars that park there normally don't stay very long. "People come here and walk. They park their cars and they go walking. They come back, the car is gone. This car stayed here," he said.

The search involved bloodhounds, who tried to track Wideman's scent down the bike path that runs east of Lehua Avenue. In the afternoon, officers were helped by the police helicopter, which looked for clues from above. Police went through dumpsters and carefully went through the brush, looking for any sign of Wideman, but no luck.

It's not just police who are looking. "We have received a lot of calls that would want to help, offers like, 'If there's anything we can do, do you want us to take care (of) the flyers?'"

One of those flyers, with Wideman's photo and description, is now in the pickup window at Kado's Lunch House. Wideman's family hope that they'll help bring her home.

"We don't want to think about her dead," said Gabon. "We always hope that she's still out there, she's just out there."

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