Search Ends After Missing Palisades Man Located in Nevada

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Linda Lee has always said her husband's safe return would be the best Christmas gift. While he may have missed the holidays, Ronald Lee is back with his family after being located on the mainland.

Sixty-seven-year-old Ronald Lee vanished from his Palisades home December 5th. In the more than five weeks since then, family members, friends and complete strangers have scoured Oahu for him.

"He's been gone for over two weeks," Linda Lee, wife, said through tears on December 20th. "I really miss him. Please, please."

It turns out he wasn't in Hawaii at all.

"We actually received a few phone calls from a mainland location that Ron might be on the mainland," Capt. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police Department, said.

Sources say the retired postal worker was located in Nevada this week, after he contacted his wife about wanting to come home.

Linda Lee, who's been married to him for 35 years, thanks police, the media, and the people of this state for their efforts and support during the search.

"You can't beat the people of Hawaii," she said. "They're just so great. Their hugs were the best thing that ever happened to me."

She describes what it was like to see her husband again.

"I still couldn't believe it," she said. "But it's the best feeling of all."

There are many unanswered questions about Lee's time away. But police say, right now, the focus is on his safe return.

"Some of those things may just be just very personal in nature, and things that I think just a husband and wife need to deal with and work out," Fujii said.

Being back together is a start.

Police say Ronald Lee was not injured, and arrived on Oahu Friday morning. Investigators don't believe he was in Nevada the entire time he was missing.