HONOLULU (KHON2) — A month after his disappearance, The search continues for 76-year-old Milton Ishii.
Ishii, who has dementia, went for a walk in his Makakilo neighborhood on November 26, but never returned. His family has spent all 33 days since looking for him.
“For us, we commit so many hours a day to go look for him. We just basically cover the same area over and over again just in case we didn’t see one thing one time maybe we see something else another time,” said Milton’s son, Shane Ishii.
Milton grew up in Waipahu and had spoken about his childhood often in the weeks leading up to his disappearance, creating a vast search area.
“Just before he went missing he was talking about growing up in Waipahu in the months leading up to it. So maybe it just got that his dementia got that bad that he just reverted back to his childhood days to where he was growing up,” Shane said.
That included Aloun Farms in Kapolei on Sunday, December 29, one of many pieces of private property the family is combing through.
“The last known sighting we had was K1 in Barber’s Point. Because he grew up in Waipahu, we wanted to eliminate the area between Kapolei and Waipahu so as we can get access to farmlands and private property. Then we can make searches to see if maybe there was something he left behind here or if he’s still on the property.”
The family said that they’re grateful for the support and help they’ve received, and know the odds are against finding him well.
They’ve searched each of the 33 days he’s been missing, which has been especially difficult during the holidays.
“For us, it’s been hard because this has been the first time that he isn’t here,” said Ishii’s son, Shane. “But we’re keeping our hopes up and we’re hoping for the best. But at the same time, maybe we’re preparing for the worst just in case, but we still have our hopes that we’ll find him alive and well somewhere.”
Milton is 5’4″ and around 145 pounds, with white hair and brown eyes. If you see him, call police.