Community searching for Kona woman missing since Mother’s Day

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It’s been three days and the search continues for a Kona woman who went missing on Mother’s Day.

KHON2 spoke with her family who said it’s been a community effort to bring her home.

The family said they’re optimistic they’ll find their loved one soon, especially after a reported sighting earlier Wednesday.

Hawaii Island police, family and even strangers have been working tirelessly to find 67-year-old Deborah Wiley.

Wiley’s son, Justin, said she wandered away from her house above Yano Hall on Sunday.

He told us his mother suffers from Alzheimer’s.

“She went to church in the morning like normal, said hi to everybody and then she was gone in the afternoon,” Wiley said.

Search groups have been going out daily on foot and by car looking for any sign of Deborah.

We’re told scent dogs are being used on the ground and some volunteers are using drones to search from above.

“I think we’re going to get some dogs tomorrow. We had some dogs sniffing it out early on and they lost the trail,” Wiley said.

A local church has opened its doors as a temporary command post for volunteers.

On Wednesday morning, police got a tip that Deborah had been spotted.

“A pretty solid report that she was near our house this morning on a neighboring coffee farm just walking down the road some coffee pickers saw her,” Wiley said.

The family provided a photo that’s believed to be the last time someone saw Deborah on Sunday. 

Ddeborah is 5’3″ and was last seen wearing a dark-colored, long sleeve shirt with blue colored jeans and gray and white shoes.

Police say she may now be wearing a camouflage hat.

Wiley said they’re not giving up hope she’ll be found safe.

“People give me looks of sadness and I remind people look this is not a funeral. This is a search party and what we need right now is faith,” Wiley said.

Deborah may also need medication so the family is stressing to the community if you see her, do not let her out of your sight and call police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dispatch at (808) 935-3311 or Detective David Matsushima via email at David.Matsushima@hawaiicounty.gov or at (808) 326-4646 ext. 224.

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