Founder of Colo. software firm missing in Hawaii |

Founder of Colo. software firm missing in Hawaii

HONOLULU ” Police and family members were searching Thursday for the founder of Colorado-based Webroot Software Inc., who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was last seen June 30 at a Waikiki hotel.

Steven Thomas, 36, of Lanikai was diagnosed in April but has refused medication, his family said.

He also owns a home in Boulder, Colo., where Webroot is based. He sold the privately held company to a group of investors for about $108 million in 2004.

“He thinks everyone on the island is out to get him,” said his wife, Candis Thomas. “He thinks the military is involved, he thinks that aliens are involved, and he’s just been in a real delusion state of being fearful.”

He was arrested April 27 and taken to a hospital Castle Medical Center after he ran naked into the middle of a race/walk in front of his home in Lanikai.

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“I really want to appeal to anyone who may have seen my husband,” Candis Thomas said. “He’s a sweet, wonderful person. I am pretty much beside myself. I am beyond desperate.”

Thomas was concerned about the poor performance of his investment portfolio and discussing moving back to Colorado full-time, his wife said.

Steven Thomas’ identical twin, Kevin, has joined in the search.

“We are grieving and we just want to get my brother back,” Kevin Thomas said.

Residents have told police they have seen Steven Thomas but officers have been unable to locate him.

“He’s a step ahead of us. If you spot someone, even if you (only) think it’s him, call us,” Sgt. Kim Buffet said. “He could be anywhere.”

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