Missing South Kona woman spotted in Captain Cook

  • Debby and Jim Wiley are seen in this undated photo. Debby Wiley, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, has been missing since Sunday evening. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — The search for a 67-year-old South Kona woman missing since Sunday continues.

While conducting extensive checks for Deborah “Debby” Wiley, the Hawaii Police Department received information that Wiley was spotted walking up Captain Cook Road “A” at approximately 6 a.m. Wednesday.


Detective David Matsushima said police have confirmed that Wiley was, in fact, the person observed.

As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, no sign of the woman had been found, however, he said friends and family were expected to continue the search Wednesday evening in the area. Captain Cook Road “A” is located in the vicinity of the family’s home where Wiley wandered from on Sunday.

Wiley’s son, Justin Wiley on Wednesday expressed his appreciation for the ongoing support.

“Thank you to all the community for your support in helping to find Debby. We know Ke Akua uses hard times like this to bring his people together,” he said. “Keep the prayers coming. They are working.”

Wiley, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, is in need of medication. She is described as being 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a dark blue-colored long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and grayish-white tennis shoes, according to police.

She was last seen by her husband of 40 years, Jim Wiley around 5 p.m. on Sunday in the yard of their home near Hind Road in Captain Cook.


Anyone with information should contact the department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or Detective David Matsushima via email at David.Matsushima@hawaiicounty.gov or at 326-4646 ext. 224.

Debbie Baxter is organizing search efforts, which are currently headquartered at Lanakila Church. If anyone is able to help, contact her at 938-1120.

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