|Disappeared||April 12, 2007|
|Missing for||13 years|
Masumi Watanabe is a woman who disappeared in 2007. Foul play is suspected in her case.
Watanabe was a Japanese native who disappeared while visiting a relative in Hawaii. Watanabe was last seen entering a truck, appearing confused.
Kirk Matthew Lankford, an employee of Hauoli Termite and Pest Control, was charged with Watanabe's murder several weeks later. Watanabe's blood and eyeglasses were located in Lankford's company truck, and the passenger windshield was cracked. According to a witness, a man was seen digging a hole during the early hours of April 12. The license plate number of the man's vehicle was written down, and was identical to that of Lankford's truck. In addition, the witness later identified Lankford in a police lineup.
Lankford confessed that Watanabe was deceased during a trial, but alleged it was an accident. Lankford was found guilty of second-degree murder in April 2008, and was sentenced to 150 years in prison. While eligible for parole, he must serve at least 50 years in prison for this to occur. Regardless, Watanabe's remains have never been recovered.