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Memorial service held for missing Waikiki woman

Stan Jacobs Stan Jacobs
Autumn Day Autumn Day
Kimberly Jacobs Kimberly Jacobs

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

NUUANU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With no confirmed sightings of Kimberly Jacobs since her 2008 disappearance, many who knew the Waikiki woman say the time had come to accept that she is gone.

The missing persons case was a high-profile one that involved extensive air and ground searches, and tearful pleas from her family for the public's help. Two-and-a-half years later, it remains a mystery.

Kimberly Jacobs was a member of Temple Emanu-El, and others in the congregation had participated in searches for her when she went missing. With heavy hearts, they hosted a memorial service for her Sunday night.

"We gather together today in love and community, but how we wish that our gathering was one of celebration," Rabbi Peter Schaktman, Temple Emanu-El, said.

"I can't really put it in words. It sucks," Stan Jacobs, missing woman's husband, said. "It hurts. I can't change that."

The 47-year-old was last seen at her Waikiki apartment August 21, 2008. Her car, purse and cell phone were all left behind. She reportedly was tired and under some stress at the time.

"I am living with the pain that I can't really explain," Stan Jacobs said. "It's not one that people who haven't gone through it can relate to."

Stan Jacobs hopes everyone will remember his wife as an upbeat, friendly woman who could always lift people up.

"Her indefatigable spirit, that she could meet anybody and two minutes later be totally caring about them and have them walk away with a big smile," he said.

"My mom's such a vibrant person," Autumn Day, missing woman's daughter, said. "She's so alive and full of love and embraced everybody."

Day attended the service, but says she's not ready to give up hope.

"As long as it's been and the cards are kind of stacked in the opposite direction, but still not, still not there," she said.

Since the missing persons case is still open, anyone with information on what happened to Jacobs should call Honolulu police.

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