'Love my kids, hubby and parents. Bye': Haunting 'suicide' note left by American mother missing in Japan after row with airman husband
An American mother-of-two who has been missing in Japan for the last six weeks may have committed suicide.
Kelli Abad, 27, from Georgia, disappeared on October 26 after arguing with her husband Vince Abad - an airman at a major U.S. Air Force facility in Japan.
He told CNN that she had threatened to kill herself when they argued over the phone, after he had gone to see their pastor, who had helped resolve disputes between them in the past.
When he came home later that night, their children, aged one and four, were in their beds sleeping and his wife was gone.
Her car was found two days later at Cape Zanpa on the island of Okinawa, about ten miles from the base, with her cell phone and purse inside.
Mr Abad said there was also a note which read: 'Love my kids, love my hubby and parents. Bye.'
The 30-year-old told CNN: 'We'd had arguments before - it didn't feel too out of place. I assumed she went to see a friend
It was when she still had not returned by next day that he called police. Her Toyota SUV was then discovered in a place known locally as a spot for committing suicide.
Though the police, fire department, coast guard and U.S. military have searched cliffs, caves and coastlines for her, no trace has been found.
No witnesses have come forward, despite a poster campaign in English and Japanese saying she is missing.
Mr Abad told CNN: 'We are hoping for the best, that she is out there. But she might have decided to leave us on her own terms.
'Right now she is a ghost.'
Her mother Janice Cribbs made a desperate plea to ABC about her daughter's disappearance, and fears something terrible may have happened to her.
She traveled to Okinawa from her home near Savannah weeks ago just days after Kelli vanished on the Japanese island.
Kelli has lived in Okinawa for about three years with her husband.
She said: 'Kelli, if you are watching, your family loves you and misses you and we just want to make sure you are all right.'
She believes there is no way her daughter would ever leave her children.
Friend Melissa Banks - who is also stationed at the air base with her husband - believes something bad may have happened to her.
She told ABC: 'A very good mother. I remember giving her maternity clothes before she was even pregnant. She wanted another child that badly. And, so, I don't think she would have left her children. She was just a wonderful mother.'
As well as leaving her cell phone and purse, her passport was also left at home.
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