Missing woman found safe in ravine
LIHUE — A week has passed since Emi Oka walked out of her home on a rainy night. Barefoot and in the midst of a psychotic episode, Oka wore only a sundress and a rosary necklace. She is still missing.
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now I am convinced the police in Kauai are useless! She was a danger to herself! My heart goes out to her and her family and they are in my prayers. Heads must roll in Kauai PD if this young woman has come to harm.
Don’t blame the police. Her Dr. should have been called and she should have been hospitalized if she was a danger to herself.
Are you suggesting her MD should have chased her down the highway? That was duty of police if they were doing their duty, for which we pay taxes!
There should be a law that protects anyone who has delusions and a danger to themselves because they are not in the right frame of mind to face reality and in the interest of protecting them, police must be given exceptions to the rule that governs only sane people.
Now because they did nothing, she is lost for 10 days and counting resulting in a very dangerous situation that could have been resolved when she was walking along the highway with bleeding feet and the risk of being run over by traffic or raped by some criminal. So where is that meaning of “to Serve and Protect”?
Heard a faint response but gave up searching after 2 hours? Pretty good work. Guess that the “K-9” is working out as good as the detective.
“Police understood the concern, but legally their hands were tied. Emi Oka wasn’t breaking any laws or posing a public safety risk so she couldn’t be restrained or forced to get in the car with her mother. Ivanka Oka was left with no choice but to watch as her daughter ambled down the side of the busy highway.”
Why couldn’t Kaua’i PD pick her up since she was presenting an obvious potential hazard to herself & to others while walking along a busy highway with schizophrenic-related medications on board?
It is hoped that common sense would dictate that these laws need to be revisited ASAP in order to keep this from happening again. A 51-50 in CA is a 72-hour hold for this exact situation & would have been a very useful tool for KPD if they don’t have it here.
You have the worst person in recent memory assigned to the case. DeFake is more likely to choke her then help her. He is a brute in uniform.
He has mental health issues also. It’s the worst case scenario. Kpd cop assigns to help find missing person.
Breaking news kpd finds missing female with bruises choke marks and beaten beyond recognition but since no one was there or the vehicle left the scene as police arrived there are no suspects and no suspected foul play.
Kpd releases an unattended death report finalized with the state coroners stamp of approval.
Have you all read this before? This is what Kauai is dealing with in KPD and it’s current and former leadership.
There are good cops in kpd but they too are too afraid to speak up against the dirty pigs. Look what happened when the 19 ye old kid got ran over and killed by a cop. The state had a expert witness testify that it didn’t matter if the cop was going 10mph or 25mph, his decision and actions would have been the same and the outcome would be the same.
YOu all believe that?
When I read these posts, I feel very sad and concerned as I need to express my gratitude for all the unforeseen work the police on Kauai do. I personally know this officer. I know how he works and the dedication he has offered to us on Kauai. His background in the military and search and rescue presently is unsurpassed. My request is that her family realize the work he truly does and the dedication to our safety is profound. I realize how critical we can be and how hard it is to perceive the good in others. I also understand all of your concerns and disbeliefs, however, in this instance please consider that the utmost time, dedication, and care was involved as possible in this case.
The first good news in a long time. Blessings to this family.
I married one of those, once
So did DeFake. I feel sorry for you both.
Police should have the right to assist parents when person is schizophrenic! This mom is trying to care for her adult daughter who needs help! So many people on our streets have mental issues and no one to care for them. Bless this mom and all she doing!
My sincere thanks to all the people that sprang to action to help my daughter Emi. But I can not thank enough detective Barry DeBlake. From the moment he was informed that Emi went missing, he gathered teams of people he worked with in past and present, his friends and friends of friends, who cared, responded and gave their energy and time to search for someone they knew nothing about but that she needed help. Detective DeBlake did not take his well earned time off untill after Emi was found. He also answerred my calls as late as midnight and kept me informed, kept my hope up when my exhaustion was threatening to get me down. On Supper ball Sunday, he gathered a team to search; even his girlfriend joined them. He called me when they heard response to their call, then kept calling and searching untill it got dark. The wind carried their voices but there was no response. They had to end the search but resumed the next morning. When Emi was rescued, she told me that the only human contact she had was the voice she heard calling her name few days ago. She gathered all her energy to stand up, wave her arms and call back: “Help! I’m over here.” Then: “I can’t stand up any more, I have to lay down.” She passed out, laying in the tall grass. She passed out like that last few weeks; I told her doctors, but they had no answer except for medications they prescribed. There was nothing more anybody could do at that time. The following morning Kauai K9 Search and rescue volunteers went into the same area. My husband Ike joined them and they were actually picked up by car a couple hundred yards from where Emi was rescued. But they could not find her. She said that she mostly slept and moved very little last few days. Thanks God and the ladies who heard her call when she was able to stand up and call for help.
I also thank all the police officers who responded earlier, as they were all very kind and did what they could within the parameters of the law. I believe it’s the law that must change, so that the officers who signed up to keep the law don’t have to worry about breaking it to help persons in need. As it is now, both doctors and the police have to have the order of the judge to detain a person, but judges often reject the request unless they personally witnessed and described the immediate danger to their satisfaction. I believe, to many mentally ill patients in USA have died and continue to be in danger, because of the application of this law.Thanks again to all the brave officers, neighbors and their family and friends who care and have spent hours and days searching. We are blessed that, if she had to be lost, it happened here, on Kauai, where spirit of Aloha is so true and powerful. As Emi kept praying to Jesus and the Holly father, many prayed in their own religious beliefs and she survived unharmed 8 nights and 7 days in the wild brushes, very nearsighted without her glasses. Thanks God!