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Ex-husband of missing woman arrested for violating parole

Police say Lonnell Wideman is not a suspect in her disappearance

By Leila Fujimori

LAST UPDATED: 1:24 a.m. HST, May 19, 2012

A missing Waipahu woman's ex-husband, who was sentenced in 1988 to life in prison for the attempted murder of a 24-year-old Moiliili woman, was arrested yesterday for violating terms of his parole.

Officers arrested him at his Kapolei townhouse.

Lonnell Reginald Wideman, 48, had been questioned by police earlier this week regarding the disappearance of ex-wife Loida Gabon Wideman, but police maintain he is not a suspect in that case.

Loida Wideman, 39, of Waipahu, remained missing Friday.

Hawaii Paroling Authority Administrator Tommy Johnson said a warrant for Lonnell Wideman's arrest was issued Friday for violating parole because he failed to tell his parole officer that police served him with a temporary restraining order in 2011 for allegedly sexually assaulting a Kapolei woman, nor did he relay that police questioned him this week.

Police found Loida Wideman's car Wednesday parked along a Pearl City Street, but have found no trace of her since she vanished on Mother's Day evening after leaving home for work, leaving behind her three school-aged sons.

Asked if he was concerned with how his attempted-murder conviction would be viewed in connection with his wife's disappearance, Lonnell Wideman told the Star-Advertiser Wednesday, "That's the furthest thing from my mind. I'm not thinking about my past. I'm thinking about my three sons."

Wideman said of his ex-wife's disappearance, "I'm just at a loss for words. It's just unbelievable."

He said he went to work Tuesday night, but couldn't concentrate on work and was allowed to go home.

Wideman said he had no idea what happened to his ex-wife. He said she did not have a boyfriend and did not seem unhappy.

"We're fine," Wideman said of their relationship.

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