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Search continues for woman who disappeared at Kihei beach

The Coast Guard is continuing to search for a missing woman off of Kihei after she was last seen by her boyfriend at Cove Beach Park.

Emily Walton was with her boyfriend at the beach from about 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. The Coast Guard said he had left the beach for awhile and returned at about 9 p.m. when he couldn’t find Walton.

He called 911 and reported her missing.

Some of her belongings except her cell phone were still on the beach. The Coast Guard deployed its 45-foot response boat Thursday night that searched for Walton in waters off of the beach. The Coast Guard said it’s uncertain whether Walton was in the ocean, according to a news release.

The response boat-medium and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter are continuing the search today. The Coast Guard cutter Kittiwake is also en route to assist.

Walton was last seen wearing a black bikini. She is described as having a partially shaved head, dark blonde hair and green eyes. The Coast Guard said her boyfriend described her as a good swimmer.

Anyone with information on Walton’s whereabouts is asked to call the Coast Guard Sector command center at 842-2600.

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