Search for Missing Japanese Visitor Moves to Windward Oahu, Kalihi

Masumi Watanabe
Masumi Watanabe

KAHANA BAY (KHNL) -- Six days and still no sign of a Japanese visitor who disappeared in Pupukea on Oahu's North Shore. But new information leads Honolulu police to expand the search to include Windward Oahu and Kalihi.

Police, their four-legged partners, and officers from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources scour the area outside Ipo Malepe's home.

"My daughter noticed that there were police cars out there and stuff," Malepe said. "And I asked maybe something's wrong."

Twenty-one-year-old Masumi Watanabe failed to return from a walk in Pupukea on Oahu's North Shore six days ago. Now, investigators receive a tip that leads them to move the search to the Windward side.

"Hmm, scary," Malepe said.

We're there as a team uncovers questionable materials on the side of a road in Kahana Valley. The police chopper is called in to do an aerial search, while an evidence specialist takes several photos at the scene.

The operation comes after investigators went to Hauoli Pest Control in Mapunapuna, and seized an employee's work truck and his personal truck. They also questioned the 22-year-old worker about the missing Japanese woman.

"Just hope that they find her and she's safe and she's well," Malepe said.

A police spokesperson says crews didn't find anything directly linked to Watanabe. Officers plan to resume their search Thursday.