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Cleveland abduction case gives Hawaii family hope

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

All eyes are on the latest developments in Cleveland, Ohio where three women who were held captive for years were rescued this week. Two of the three women returned home today.

Their alleged abductor, 52 year old former school bus driver Ariel Castro, has been charged with kidnapping and rape. Police now say he is the only suspect. His two brothers who were previously arrested have been cleared for now.

The women's story of survival is giving hope to Hawaii families still looking for their missing loved ones.

Ten years ago Cristian Sedeno disappeared. She was 15 at the time. Her mother Linda Tester was in an abusive relationship. They had planned to move to Maui but instead of packing Sedeno vanished.

"It's devastating when a piece of you is missing especially like this. You don't know if they've been abducted or whatever," said Linda Tester, Cristian Sedeno's mom. "I miss her. I love her."

Tester says over the years there have been sightings near Ala Moana and in Las Vegas. Now hearing the women in Cleveland were found 10 years later makes her think anything is possible.

"That's making me have hope and more so thinking positive instead of the other way," said Tester. "In a way it was happy and sad. It's happy that these girls were found but you know, I'm still having hope out there."

"The cold cases illustrate that with this case in Ohio that there can be resolution even after a long period of time. There could be a break in the case, there could be some new evidence, there could be a witness to come forward or family friend or something, and it can give hope to people," said David Louie, Hawaii Attorney General.

Attorney General Louie says there are 300 new kids a month listed as runaways in the state. The overwhelming majority are found safe. However there are still 12 kids on the missing and endangered list in Hawaii that haven't been seen in years and in some cases decades.

The Attorney General's office urges parents to fill out a Keiki ID Kit before something happens.

"Get your child's vital statistics, names, strand of their hair for DNA, sometimes even fingerprints because many times if your child does go missing you're going to be in a state of shock. You're not going to be functioning in a businesslike manner to come up with the information," said Louie.

That shock and pain never disappears. Just ask a mom who is living with it.

"I just hope she is okay. I miss her so much," said Tester.

To see the list of Hawaii's missing and endangered children click here.

For more information about Hawaii's Keiki ID Kit click here.

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