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Hiker on honeymoon is now missing in Molokai mountains

Hiker on honeymoon is now missing in Molokai mountains
Updated: Sep. 19, 2018 at 10:29 PM HST
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(image: Jeffanie Kramar)
(image: Jeffanie Kramar)
East Molokai (image: Miki'ala Pescaia)
East Molokai (image: Miki'ala Pescaia)
A helicopter brought in from Maui to help search for missing hiker on Molokai (image: viewer)
A helicopter brought in from Maui to help search for missing hiker on Molokai (image: viewer)
A K-9 unit is brought in from Maui to help search for missing hiker on Molokai (image: Jeffanie...
A K-9 unit is brought in from Maui to help search for missing hiker on Molokai (image: Jeffanie Kramar)

EAST MOLOKAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A newlywed is pleading for the public's help to find her lost husband on Molokai.

Search and rescue teams, along with volunteers, have been scouring the east side of the island behind Kilohana Elementary School for Stephen Kramar, 27, since Tuesday morning.

The Maryland man went hiking on Monday but never returned.

His wife is begging anyone familiar with the area to help.

"It's not easy. It's a big mountain and more people we can get, the more volunteers, the faster we can find him," said Jeffanie Kramar.

Stephen and Jeffanie got married in Virginia on September 8th.

They jumped on a plane to Hawaii for their honeymoon just hours after their reception and landed on the Friendly Isle the very next day.

"We saw the east side for the first time and Stephen just was dazzled seeing the mountain," Jeffanie said. "He's an avid hiker, so he's hiked a few mountains before. Most of them though, were snow-capped mountains."

It is the couple's first trip to the islands.

Jeffanie said they were going to hike the mountain together, but because Stephen is more experienced, he wanted to check out the terrain first to make sure it was safe.

"He said if you don't hear back from me around 6 o'clock, 7 o'clock, then you should be worried," she said.

Jeffanie never thought that would become a reality.

She said he left around 9:30 a.m. and received a text from him around 2:30 p.m.

"In the text he said, 'Travel is slow but I'm on my way back.""

That was the last text Jeffanie received from her husband.

After multiple failed attempts to get a hold of him, she contacted authorities.

The search and rescue operation began at first light Tuesday morning.

A helicopter and K-9 unit from Maui have since joined in on the search.

Locals who are familiar with the area are helping as well. Locals say the area is a very dangerous place for hiking if you're not familiar with it.

Jeffanie said authorities found footprints in the area they were searching on Wednesday. She is clinging on to hope and faith it will lead rescuers to her husband.

"If you're out there listening to this and you have the heart to try to offer help or resources, I would not only welcome it, but I would be so grateful," Jeffanie said.

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