HA’ENA — Family members from Japan and New York have given up hope of finding
Kumiko Kurimoto, 50, of New York, who has been missing since March 14.
Kauai police theorize she drowned after she waded in the water off a beach in
front of the Hanalei Colony Resort, slipped, fell and was taken out to sea by
Her personal belongings were on the beach when she was
reported missing by Lawa’i resident, Dave Ruskjer, a friend of the missing
Kurimoto’s husband, Robert Berkley, has returned to New York, and
the woman’s sister, Mariko Kurimoto, 52, from Yokohama, Japan, plans to leave
in a week, Ruskjer said.
“They are resolved to whatever fate that has
befallen her,” Ruskjer said.
The woman’s husband and sister had arrived on
Kaua’i to lend their assistance in trying to locate Kurimoto.
had a tendency to fall into trances, according to the husband, fueling
speculation by psychics that she had lost consciousness and fallen under brush
and vegetation and was lost from sight.
Psychics said she would be found
either Tuesday or Wednesday, but she still has not come forth. At this point,
the woman’s disappearance has been classified as a missing person, and a search
won’t be resumed unless new evidence surfaces to show she is alive, Kaua’i have
In a three-day search that ended last Friday, county firefighters,
police officers and lifeguards conducted unsuccessful ground and offshore
searches off Ha’ena and the Na Pali Coast.
An Air-1 Interisland
Helicopter aircraft also conducted unsuccessful aerial searches.
missing woman stands 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 95 pounds, has brown eyes
and mid-length black hair, a tan complexion and a slim build.
who provide information that is useful in locating the missing woman would be
eligible for a crash reward under the program, which is administered by the
Kaua’i Police Department and is sponsored by the Kaua’i Chamber of