Concern for missing Waipahu mother grows after vehicle found

Wideman's mother, Aurora Gabon, was eager to show family photographs
Wideman's mother, Aurora Gabon, was eager to show family photographs
Junior Gabon
Junior Gabon
Update: Wideman's car found in Pearl City
Update: Wideman's car found in Pearl City

Loida Wideman, a single mother of three living in Waipahu, has been missing since Sunday night when she vanished on her way to work. Concern over her well-being is intensifying.

Wideman's family has told police she left her home in Waipahu at about 9:30 p.m. on route to her job as a nurse at Ka Punawai Ola nursing home in Kapolei. Co-workers said she never arrived.

Wideman's mother, Aurora Gabon, was eager to show Hawaii News Now family photographs hoping someone who sees the pictures on television will be able to help solve the mystery surrounding her daughter's disappearance.

"I want her back," Gabon said.

Wideman has three children ages five, eight and eleven. Her brother, Junior Gabon, said there is no way she would just abandon them. Gabon worries something terrible has happened.

"This is not her not her character. She is very responsible to her kids and her family and also to her work," Junior Gabon told Hawaii News Now.

Police have classified it as a missing persons case.

On Wednesday, police found Wiedeman's 2003 Saturn vehicle, after towing it form Lehua Avenue in Pearl City to the main police station.

"There's been no trace of a cell phone, no credit card usage, no activity on her Facebook or anything. We're very concerned for her. And we're hoping that someone outside in the public can tell us maybe where her car is, maybe [someone] who last saw her," said Sgt. Kim Buffett, coordinator for Honolulu Crimestoppers.

Wideman's ex-husband, Lonnell Wideman, is helping look after their kids in her absence. Police say he is not a suspect.

"He's been very helpful in this case given as much information as he can," Buffett added.

"We [are] still hoping that she still alive and hopefully if god's will she can come out or if she happened to got kidnapped hopefully they could bring her back to us," Junior Gabon said.

Anyone with information about Loida Wideman's whereabouts is asked to call Honolulu Crimestoppers at 955-8300.