Family searching for missing at-risk Palo Alto woman

Family and friends are searching for missing 66-year-old Wamaitha Kaboga-Miller of Palo Alto.

Kaboga-Miller was last seen Friday morning leaving the Country Time Market in East Palo Alto. She hasn’t been heard from or seen since then.

Police consider her at risk, in need of her pain medication. Her family said she just had back surgery that’s left her weak and frail. Her family says it’s also unlike her to suddenly vanish.

The retired, mother of two was last seen by her husband as he was leaving their Palo Alto home at 9 a.m. Friday.

Her family checked bank statements and saw at 10 a.m. her last known transaction was a purchase at the Country Time Market.

Surveillance footage captures her at the store walking slowly leaving in her silver 2002 Mercedes with a handicap placard license plate DP241LU heading on University Avenue toward the Dumbarton Bridge.

“It’s been nerve-wracking,” said son NJ Kaboga-Miller. “It's literally been the worst and most tumultuous time of my life.”

Loved ones said she left home without her cell phone or her pain medication.

“We think she's probably confused right now,” said son Clovis Kaboga-Miller. “Maybe she could be in her vehicle.
We don't know what happened to her. We think she's lost.”

Police don't suspect foul play but her sons fear she could be in trouble.

“There's perhaps a person who make take advantage of someone who's disabled,” said NJ Kaboga-Miller. “She may be hurt. She may be thirsty. She may be hungry. She hasn't received her medication. She may die if she doesn't receive them in the next 48 hours.”

Her family said all she had on her was her purse with a debit card and an Apple iWatch. Her family is now working with investigators to try and get data from her iWatch.

The family has taken to YouTube and social media, passing out fliers and doing all they can to bring her home.

“Anybody with a mother would know she's your rock and she's your base so I need my base back,” said NJ Kaboga-Miller.

Palo Alto Police have issued a Silver Alert notifying all hospitals, fire departments and law enforcement in the state. Her family believes she's somewhere on the peninsula possibly Redwood City or Sunnyvale. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Palo Alto Police at (650) 329-2413.