'Please just pray.' Connecticut woman missing following hiking trip in Japan

Pattie Wu-Murad has not been seen in two weeks. She flew to Japan in early March to go on a pilgrimage along the Kumano Kodo Trail.

Abby Del Vecchio and Angelica Toruno

Apr 24, 2023, 9:15 PM

Updated 353 days ago

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A Connecticut woman is missing following a hiking trip in Japan. Loved ones of Patricia Wu-Murad say they are doing everything in their power to find her.
"She's an avid hiker, her and Kirk have done these different hiking trips for years," said sister-in-law Julie Murad-Caruso.
Wu-Murad has not been seen in two weeks. She flew to Japan in early March to go on a pilgrimage along the Kumano Kodo Trail.
"This is her third pilgrimage and it's not unusual for her to go by herself," said Murad-Caruso.
Wu-Murad was last seen on April 10 after leaving the Mandokoro guesthouse.
"We don't know for sure if she got on the trail, but we can only assume that she did," Murad-Caruso said.
Wu-Murad's husband, son and Murad-Caruso's niece have hit the ground running in Japan with efforts to find her.
"Between the three of them, they're getting all the mountain view search and rescue team, the volunteers," said Murad-Caruso.
The search has not been easy. A GoFundMe campaign has been started to cover various expenses.
"We're also paying for lodging, we're paying for search and rescue dogs, helicopters, not to mention to get the family out there to search for her," said Murad-Caruso.
In an effort to draw more attention toward Wu-Murad's disappearance both in the U.S. and overseas, the hashtag #HelpFindPattie has started, spreading throughout many platforms.
"Please pray that we can bring Pattie home...just please pray, we miss her," said Murad-Caruso.
For any information contact / email: helpfindpattie@gmail.com
Instagram: @helpfindpattie2023
There’s two Facebook groups: U.S Facebook group and Japan Facebook group
GoFundMe


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