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    International Parental Kidnapping

    Chiharu Wakao is wanted for allegedly abducting her then five-year-old daughter, Marina Tiffany Kaneda, and possibly taking her to Japan. Marina's father, who has been awarded full custody of his daughter, last saw Marina on Wednesday, May 19, 2004, when he dropped her off at her preschool in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wakao usually picked up Marina from school on Wednesday afternoons and dropped her back off on Friday mornings. When Marina's father went to pick her up on the afternoon of Friday, May 21, 2004, he was told by school officials that Marina had not come to school on that Thursday or Friday. It was later learned that Wakao had moved out of her apartment on May 10, 2004.

    On November 4, 2004, Wakao was indicted in Hawaii for custodial interference in the first degree and a grand jury bench warrant was issued. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Wakao on May 12, 2005, charging her with international parental kidnapping.

    Wakao and Kaneda are believed to be residing in Osaka, Japan.

    • Chiharu Kaneda
    • Chiharu Mori
    Date(s) of Birth Used: August 4, 1965 Hair: Black
    Place of Birth: Japan Eyes: Brown
    Height: 5'0"
    Weight: 100 pounds Sex: Female
    Race: Asian
    Occupation: Unknown