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Chicago Nurse Goes Missing in Hawaii

According to Big Island fire officials, Kelly Mrowinski, a traveling nurse from Chicago, went missing Friday while hiking with a man

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    Chicago Nurse Goes Missing in Hawaii

    A major search was underway in Hawaii after a nurse from the Chicago area went missing nearly a week ago. Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018)

    A major search was underway in Hawaii after a nurse from the Chicago area went missing nearly a week ago. 

    Local reports indicate the woman may have been swept away down a river during flash flooding. 

    According to Big Island fire officials, Kelly Mrowinski, a traveling nurse from Chicago, went missing Friday while hiking with a man. The pair were reportedly swept downstream by quickly rising waters in the Wailuku River.

    The man was able to make it to a riverbank but the woman hasn't been seen since, officials said.

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    While it has been six days since she was last seen, local authorities said Mrowinski's family is holding out hope she will be found. 

    "The mother flew in Sunday morning, she's been here since," Chief Brent Matsuda with the Hawaii County Fire Department told local agency Big Island Now. "Numerous good friends coming, Kelly's boyfriend is here also - they are all here to suport the mom at this time of need."

    The Hawaii Fire Department sent divers into the water near Piihonua Falls Saturday, but heavy rains made for dangerous conditions. 

    It was unclear if responders were conducting a rescue or recovery mission as of Thursday. 

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