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Orange County woman missing in Hawaii

September 7, 2010 |  6:42 pm

A search is underway on the small, northernmost Hawaiian island of Kauai for a Rancho Santa Margarita woman who has been missing since Sept. 1.

Becky Thompson, 45, had traveled alone to the island shortly after breaking up with her boyfriend, who journeyed separately to the island and left before Thompson arrived.

Thompson was last seen in a silver Chrysler Sebring convertible that she rented for two days, said Susan A. Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau. The bureau has used its resources to assist the police, contacting hotels and other businesses for possible leads.

Thompson was due to return home Friday from a trip that began Aug. 28. She checked into the Kauai Beach Resort, one of 12 hotels on the 25-by-33-square-mile island, but never checked out. Her 45th birthday was Aug. 31.

Including condominiums, rooms-for-rent and bed-and-breakfast inns, there are more than 9,000 rooms available to visitors on the island of 63,000 residents, which is covered by wilderness that's often difficult to navigate by car or on foot.

Thompson’s mother and aunt came to the island to be closer to the search. Her brother was expected to join them Tuesday. The family has planned to make televised appeals for help.

Thompson is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, 160 pounds with a fair complexion, shoulder-length blond hair and blue eyes.

-- Howard Blume