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Possible Break in the Case of Missing Japanese Visitor

Police were investigating two vehicles in Mapunapuna Police were investigating two vehicles in Mapunapuna
Mitsu Miura Mitsu Miura
Tom Rodewald Tom Rodewald
The North Shore house where visitor Masumi Watanabe was last seen The North Shore house where visitor Masumi Watanabe was last seen

By Minna Sugimoto

PUPUKEA (KHNL) - She goes on her daily walk in Pupukea on Oahu's North Shore and then vanishes. Now, new developments in the disappearance of a Japanese visitor.

KHNL News 8 learns police recover two vehicles in connection with the case.

Trucks pull in and business goes on at Hauoli Pest Control. But earlier, it's anything but routine as the investigation into the disappearance of a 21-year-old visitor from Japan leads police to the company located in Mapunapuna.

Five days and no trace of Masumi Watanabe, who was living at a house in Pupukea with her host family. She failed to return from her walk Thursday.

"It's not like one person that would just venture out on her own," Mitsu Miura, missing woman's host, said during a search Friday. "That would be the last thing I would expect."

Now, KHNL News 8 learns about a possible break in the case. Sources say investigators came to Hauoli Pest Control, and seized an employee's work truck and his personal truck. They also spoke to the 22-year-old worker about the missing Japanese woman.

People who know Watanabe are still hoping for good news.

"She couldn't harm a fly if she had to," Tom Rodewald, Pupukea resident, said during Friday's search. "You know, you're just like, gosh, why would anybody pick somebody up like this, or where'd she go? I just don't understand."

The worker's two trucks are at police headquarters awaiting processing. No one's been arrested.

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