HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police say a missing 42-year-old woman and her three year-old son were found safe Wednesday night.
CrimeStoppers said Pavla Stuchlikova and her son Benjamin were located at about 10 p.m. No further details were released, and police said Stuchlikova asked for their privacy.
Stuchlikova and the three-year-old old were with her 16-year-old son at a family party on Hawaii Kai Drive Monday night. They spent the night, and before dawn on Tuesday, the teen woke up and saw his mom holding the toddler.
"At four o'clock in the morning she was observed by the older son, the 16-year-old, exiting the house, and he assumed that she was going to change the baby's diaper," said Honolulu Police Sgt. Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers. "She never came back."
The older son immediately called his father, who stayed home and did not attend the family gathering. He then reported his wife and younger son missing Tuesday morning.
Stuchlikova's cell phone was found several blocks away on Kealahou Street.
"I thought it was a toy," said musician Ernie Cruz Jr., who found the phone in his back yard shortly after he woke up Wednesday morning "So when I looked down first, I thought, 'phone.' And then I thought, oh, that's a toy. And then I went, oh boy, that's a real phone. And what's it doing in my yard? Where's the owner?
Cruz said the phone was turned off. When he turned it on, it immediately rang. It was Stuchlikova's husband, calling. Cruz handed the phone to his girlfriend, Kahele Clark, who had been watering plants nearby.
"He asked how he could pick up the phone, and I said I'm calling the cops," said Clark. "And at that point he told me there as an open case and they were working with a detective. The cops came out right away."