"Good Samaritans" Find Missing Woman Safe

LIHU`E, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — Kaua’i Police say a woman who had been missing for seven days was found alive Thursday in a ravine behind homes on Kakela Makai Drive in Kalaheo. Around 7:45 AM Thursday a resident of the area called police after hearing what sounded like a female screaming for help from a field nearby. Officers responded to the area and soon discovered a woman stranded in the nearby ravine. Police identified her as 40-year-old Emi Oka of Kalaheo, who had been missing since Jan. 31. Firefighters from the Kalaheo fire station were dispatched to the scene, where they walked into the valley and guided Oka out to safety. No injuries were reported, but Oka displayed signs of dehydration and weight loss. Oka was transported by medics to Wilcox Hospital for further treatment. Acting Chief of Police Michael Contrades issued a statement saying his department was “happy and relieved” that Oka was found safe has been reunited with her family. Contrades also recognized the two “Good Samaritans” who initially heard Oka’s cries and walked down to her through the ravine. They gave her food and water and started to help her walk out of the ravine until police and fire personnel arrived and took over.

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