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Missing Waipahu woman's family faces uncertain future

WAIPAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly a month has gone by since a Waipahu mother vanished on her way to work. Loida Wideman's relatives continue to search for her, but as the days go by, they're faced with tough choices about an uncertain future.

Wideman's relatives are trying to help her young sons adjust to some painful changes. Their mother is missing and their father is behind bars for an unrelated crime.

"I don't want them to be sad all day so I have to do things, I have to take them somewhere," said Mary Grace De Guzman, the missing woman's sister.

The boys used to live with their mother and grandmother at a rented house in Waipahu. The family moved everything out last week since they couldn't afford the payments.

"What we do is just praying that some day she will be found and we hope that she's still alive," said Junior Gabon, the missing woman's brother.

They kept the important stuff and sold other belongings like furniture and plants at a garage sale over the weekend. The 39-year-old single mother disappeared on Mother's Day on her way to her job as a nurse at a Kapolei Care Home. Gabon said the $500 they collected will be used to help take care of the boys who are now staying with relatives.

"Every night, they kept praying that their mom is going to come back and it tears my heart," said De Guzman.

"They're so young and they're facing these kind of trials which they're not ready for," Gabon.

The boys are also separated from their father Lonnell Wideman. He was arrested two days after his ex-wife disappeared for a parole violation tied to an unrelated charge. Police have not named him as a suspect in this case. The 48-year-old had a parole hearing set for Wednesday at Halawa Correctional Facility. That was re-scheduled for July, which means he'll likely remain locked up until at least next month.

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