EAST HONOLULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The round-the-clock search continues for a missing woman a day after the man she was hiking with turned up dead in the ocean.
Noemi Alcotas, 34, was last seen Friday at 7:00 a.m.
The man she was with, Jojo Acosta, 34, was found dead in the water near Hanauma Bay around 3:00 p.m. Friday.
A hiker found their bags unattended on the rocks near an area known as the "rock bridge" around 1:00 p.m. Friday. It's an area that's prohibited to the public, but people go anyway. Officials believe the two of them hiked out to the spot and ran into trouble.
Fire crews searched on foot, in the air, by boat, on Jet Ski, even diving. They did at least five dives, but still no sign of her. Their final search of the day ended at sundown. But the United States Coast Guard has not stopped looking.
"Since 3:00 p.m. yesterday, when we got the notification, we've been searching continuously even throughout the night. We've had helicopters on scene, small boats, as well as a cutter on scene," said Petty Officer AJ Labarr.
Battalion Chief Geoffrey Chang says the rough weather conditions make search efforts a little more difficult, but they are able to do a complete search.
"The conditions out there are pretty bad. It's small craft advisory. The winds are about 20-25...the guys in the boat are getting tossed around. The visibility in the water is about 40 feet, so it's kind of limited for them," said Chang.
Alcotas' Facebook page shows several pictures of her hiking around Hanauma Bay in the past two months, including one of her on the trail that leads to the "rock bridge."
As Alcotas' relatives anxiously wait for any news, officials remain hopeful.
"As of right now, the Coast Guard is gonna continue searching. We believe there's still the possibility of survival and we're gonna continue our search efforts," Labarr said.
Fire crews will continue their search efforts at first light in the morning.
Crime Stoppers and Honolulu Police are asking for your help in finding her because Alcotas suffers from a medical condition that requires daily medication.
Police said Alcotas is 34 years old with brown hair, brown eyes, around five feet high, and weighing in around 130 pounds. Her Facebook page said she attended Farrington High School, Kapiolani Community College and the University of Phoenix.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on your cellular phone.