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Family steps up search for missing Maui camper

Laura Vogel Laura Vogel

By Holly Juscen – bio | email 

PAUWELA, Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) – Five days have passed and there is still no sign of Laura Vogel, but now her family has arrived in Maui to search for Laura and get the word out that she is missing. Friday afternoon her brother Tim Vogel had a desperate plea, " She is my sister, she could be your sister or your daughter. I know someone knows something,I'm asking everyone to help."

The 43-year old Maui woman went camping trip near Pauwela Lighthouse in Haiku by herself Sunday --- she has not been seen since. Her family says the last text message Laura sent was to a friend Sunday at 8:18pm Sunday night. It read, "I'm camping down by the birthing pools -- and meeting all the locals."

That's the last contact anyone had with Laura . Police found her van -- with the keys inside on Monday morning. The back of her cell phone was also found where she had been camping. Investigators say there is no evidence of foul play -- but the family doesn't agree, "I suspect foul play. I know that area is really nice during the day but at night there are reports that it can be dangerous and not safe,' said Vogel.

Police say at times transients do hang out in the area where Laura went camping. Investigators have called off their search but they are still following leads. Phone records show there were 2 phone calls made from Laura's cell phone after her text message --- friends say they do not recognize those numbers.

Police say they have identified the person who was called -- it is a local Maui man. Detectives will try and contact the man this weekend. The family is reaching out to the media for help, this has become a national missing person's story.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Maui Police Department at 808 244-6425.

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