WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - UPDATE at 8:30 a.m. WEDNESDAY:
The families of two missing Maui women got answers straight from Maui Police Tuesday night. It was the first time MPD has publicly discussed the cases of Carly "Charli" Scott and Moreira "Mo" Monsalve.
Maui Police say while there are many similarities, they do not believe the disappearance of two Maui women in the last month, Carly "Charli" Scott and Moreira "Mo" Monsalve, are connected. Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta says his department has made both cases a top priority. Chief Yabuta says he is very proud of his officers' investigation -- adding he understands both families' frustration and empathizes with them, saying none of his detectives are sleeping well at night either.
Maui Police Criminal Investigative Division Captain John Jakubczak says both investigations are still being handled as "missing person" cases, and there is no evidence at this time to suggest otherwise. While there are no suspects, Capt. Jakubczak says both women's ex-boyfriends are persons of interest.
Monsalve was last seen on January 12, 2014 with her ex-boyfriend, Bernard Brown. Despite extensive searches, the mother of three hasn't been seen or heard from since. Brown was spotted by government workers in his pick up truck at the Polipoli Recreation Area on January 14, two days after Monsalve went missing. Her purse and other items were discovered in a dumpster across the street from Brown's apartment days later. Police using K-9 units, along with family and friends, searched both the park and area around the apartment, but didn't find Monsalve. Capt. Jakubczak confirms Brown was not cooperative with their investigation and refused to take a polygraph. Maui PD says they were aware he left the island, but there was nothing they could do to stop him. Capt. Jakubczak says officers have not been able to search Brown's apartment since he left, but couldn't elaborate further. He says Maui PD has not been in contact with Brown since he left the state.
Carly "Charli" Scott, who is five-months pregnant, was last seen February 9, 2014. Her ex-boyfriend, Steven Capobianco, is the father of her unborn child. In an exclusive interview with Hawaii News Now, Capobianco says Scott picked him up from his home and drove him out to Keanae, where his truck had broken down. She reportedly followed him home along Hana Highway, but Capobianco says he stopped seeing her headlights behind him near Haiku when he sped ahead. Capt. Jakubczak confirms Capobianco has been cooperating with Maui PD and volunteered for questioning and a polygraph test, though he wouldn't disclose any further details. Capobianco tells Hawaii News Now, Maui police say he failed the lie detector test but he wasn't sure he believed them, adding it may have been a tactic.
Capt. Jakubczak confirms the FBI is not involved in either of the two investigations. He says the department has not made a request for the FBI's assistance and any reports that Maui PD turned down the FBI's offer to help are untrue. Chief Yabuta says he is very confident in his officers' abilities and reiterated both missing person cases are within MPD's jurisdiction.
Maui Police say the best way for the public to help is to call in any credible tips they may have and to notify officers immediately if they believe they find evidence connected to either woman's disappearance.