Missing Waipahu woman's sons help pass out flyers

Loida Wideman
Loida Wideman

KAPOLEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Relatives of a missing Waipahu woman passed out flyers at the Kapolei Shopping Center on Saturday afternoon. Loida Wideman, 39, vanished on Mother's Day. Her mother, brother, and three young sons asked shoppers if the had seen her.

"It's really heartbreaking. I thought they were coming up for some kind of fundraiser or something. When somebody small like that come and tell you, have you seen our mom? Wow," said shopper David Matthews.

The single mother of three left home on Sunday night for her job at a Kapolei nursing home, but she never showed up. Officers searched the area around Lehua Avenue in Pearl City after police found her car on Wednesday.

Her ex-husband, Lonnell Wideman, was arrested on Friday on an unrelated charge for violating terms of his parole. He has since been sent back to prison as their children stay with relatives.

According to the family, there are no new leads in the case. Relatives went from store to store on Saturday afternoon asking workers to put up flyers in the windows. Some did, but others turned them down, saying it was against the policies.

"It's really frustrating because I wish that they would make an exemption for this kind of situation," said Wideman's brother, Junior Gabon.

The manager at Krave put up a poster and also offered the boys free frozen yogurt.

"Why did I do that? Cause it's the right thing to do. It put a smile on their face for a moment," explained Jane Gavin.

"The people here that are helping us are really helpful. they are really nice people so I'd just like to say thank you to them for helping us," said Caliph Wideman, one of the missing woman's sons.

The family plans to pass out flyers in Pearl City and Waipahu on Sunday.