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Family, friends of missing Pearl City woman remain hopeful

Missing Woman, Gail Yoshida Missing Woman, Gail Yoshida
Sharon Tamaru, Sister of Missing Woman Sharon Tamaru, Sister of Missing Woman
Gil Cera Gil Cera
Maile, Yoshida's Missing Dog Maile, Yoshida's Missing Dog
HPD Maj. Clayton Kau HPD Maj. Clayton Kau

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

PEARL CITY (KHNL) - The search for a missing Pearl City woman intensified Wednesday.

Gail Yoshida vanished three days ago. Family and friends say they're drained and disappointed that she hasn't been found, but they remain hopeful.

Law enforcement officers from various agencies comb trails and other areas near Pearl City High School for any sign of Gail Yoshida, 63.

"I was hoping at this point that we were able to find or have some idea, you know, where she was," Sharon Tamaru, missing woman's sister, said.

Police say Yoshida left home Sunday afternoon to walk her dog, Maile, but didn't return. Friends say the past few days have taken a toll on her husband, Roy.

"He looks really withdrawn," Gil Cera, Yoshida family friend, said. "He's tired, of course, because he's been searching also, lack of sleep."

The police chopper and canine team join the operation, as reports of possible sightings come in. Maile, the dog, is also missing.

"The dog is evidently very smart from what I've heard," Cera said. "He wouldn't leave Gail's side. I'm thinking that's a good sign. He would bark if anybody got close."

Police say the search area includes steep terrain and thick, deep brush, making the operation challenging.

"As each day go by, it makes me sad that we can not find her," Tamaru said. "But we'll continue to do our efforts and try to find her no matter what."

Family members say Yoshida has no history of dementia.

She was last seen wearing a green sweatshirt and blue shorts. At this point, police haven't decided whether to call off the search.

"The search teams will be re-assessing what they've come across, what information they've developed," Maj. Clayton Kau, Honolulu Police Department, said. "And then tomorrow, they'll make a determination."

If you have any information about this case, call Honolulu police.

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