EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A missing Ewa Beach girl is safe after she was found at a park a little more than a mile from her home.
The girl, 13-year-old Mandy Crabbe-Jones, hadn't been heard from since she called her mother as she left Ewa Makai Middle School Tuesday afternoon, a call she makes every day.
“Like clockwork. I can count on her, day in and day out,” said Mandy's mother, Brenda Crabbe-Jones. “Even if she was having trouble in school or not doing really well in school – she always--she comes home.”
The family was especially concerned because Mandy has a medical condition that requires daily medication. Without it, she can become disoriented. Her parents feared that she had become lost, or worse.
“It is imperative that we get her as soon as we can, get her back on her medicines,” said her father, Michael Crabbe-Jones.
Apparently Mandy did become lost. She said she doesn't remember much after calling her mom. She recalled walking around Ewa Beach before ending up at Ewa Community Park, across the street from Campbell High School.
“There was actually a policeman that came by, but he didn't recognize me, I guess because I put on my jacket (over her school polo shirt),” said Mandy.
She then hid in the park's restroom. “I went in the bathroom because there was homeless people, and I was scared of that.” She also said she turned her phone off because she was scared.
The family posted on Facebook that she was missing. The post was turned into a flyer that was put up around Ewa Beach. A community member who joined in the search found the girl shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday. Her mother was overjoyed.
“I grabbed her drink and I went over to her kinda cautiously, and I asked her, ‘Are you okay?' And she said, ‘Yeah.'”
When asked how she felt to be home, Mandy Crabbe-Jones had a one-word answer.