Exclusive: Ex-boyfriend of missing Maui woman speaks out

Exclusive: Ex-boyfriend of missing pregnant Maui woman speaks
Published: Feb. 15, 2014 at 4:25 AM HST|Updated: Jul. 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM HST
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Carly "Charli" Scott pictured with ex-boyfriend Steven Capobianco
Carly "Charli" Scott pictured with ex-boyfriend Steven Capobianco
Carly "Charli" Scott
Carly "Charli" Scott
Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department
Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department
Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department
Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - UPDATE:

More items, possibly belonging to Charlie Scott, were found Friday in a remote area off the Hana Highway.

It's the same area were the missing, pregnant woman's clothes were found Thursday night.

Police found the new items but wouldn't provide details of what those items were.

The area was cordoned off with crime scene tape as family and friends of Charli stood outside waiting for any updates from MPD.

Another search will resume Saturday at 8 am.


Charli Scott's sister found clothes that she says Charli was wearing when she disappeared Sunday night.

Sources tell Hawaii News Now, the sister found the items while searching the area around the Hana Highway.  The family called police Thursday evening and were apparently told them to stay there with the items until a detective arrived.  But the sister instead drove the items to the police station in Kahului where the clothes and blanket are being processed.

This comes one day after Charli's SUV was found torched near Jaws surf break.

Hawaii News Now's Mileka Lincoln spoke to Scott's ex-boyfriend and the father of her unborn child, Steven Capobianco. He is the last person to have seen Scott Sunday night before she disappeared. 24-year-old Capobianco has not been charged and is not a suspect.

"Hi, my name is Mileka Lincoln I'm calling from Hawaii News Now, KGMB/KHNL. I'm calling to see if I can ask you some questions about the ongoing search for Charli -- I know that you've helped to participate in it and I know there are questions about you being the last person to have seen her. I just wanted to see if we could clarify some things."

Steven: "Go for it."

Mileka: "I'm going to record this if that's okay, and this is going to be for our coverage. Tell me how you know Charli."

Steven: "First off, I don't want my voice on the news."

Mileka: "You do not want the recording used?"

Steven: "Yeah, I do not want the recording used. I don't want my voice coming out on everyone's TV on this island."

Mileka: "I understand."

Steven: "But I will answer all of your questions and you guys can record it for your own personal use."

Mileka: "Ok."

Steven: "So I knew Charli because she was my ex-girlfriend from three or four years ago {asks someone, "Does that sound right?"} Five years ago, it was five years ago and we have kept in touch this entire time. We were still friends. We still knew each other."

Mileka: "Are you the father of her unborn child? That's what we've been told."

Steven: "That's what I've been told. I never got a piece of paper that said it or anything, but I would believe it."

Mileka: "So were you guys dating again?"

Steven: "No, we just occasionally hooked up."

Mileka: "So tell me about what happened Sunday night."

Steven: "Sunday night? She picked me up from my house at 8:30, drove out to my truck that I got stuck in Keanae and she dropped me off at my truck -- it took me about 10 minutes to fix my truck, 'cause I had extra light tools with me at that time. And then we came back to Haiku. And I'm pretty sure I saw her lights in my rearview the entire time. I'm absolutely certain I saw her headlights in my rearview mirror until I got to Twin Falls and then I started speeding up 'cause I drive a little faster than she does."

Mileka: "What made you speed up ahead of her?"

Steven: "I was in front of her in the first place, in case my truck broke down and she would pull up behind me.

Mileka: "Right, that makes sense. So it was around Twin Falls that you say that you stopped seeing her headlights?"

Steven: "Yes."

Mileka: "And did you call her at any point afterwards just to make sure she'd gotten home? Or..."

Steven: "I actually didn't think to do that until the next morning. I sent her a text that said, 'Thank you' but I figured she was working, that's why she didn't get back to me right away and it wasn't until the cops showed up at my house at 5:30 in the morning the next day that I realized something was wrong."

Mileka: "And so when the cops arrived, what did they tell you?"

Steven: "They said, they told me that her parents had filed a missing person's report and gave them my name and they came to my address just to follow the lead."

Mileka: "Have they officially questioned you? Sometimes they make people take a lie detector test."

Steven: "I volunteered for all of that. I went down there as soon as I could. I let them interrogate me. I let them polygraph me. I did everything."

Mileka: "How'd the polygraph go?"

Steven: "To the best of my knowledge, it went ok."

Mileka: "Did you pass, fail?"

Steven: "The Police told me I failed."

Steven: "They didn't make me take it again. I'm honestly not convinced I failed, I think they might have just said that as a tactic, but I really don't know I'm walking around right now without handcuffs on."

Mileka: "So what do police tell you?"

Steven: "They've just been questioning me. They haven't really told me anything." "I mean, it's undeniable that I'm probably the prime suspect, so they're not going to tell me any details."

Mileka: "Was the dog Nala with Charli when she came to pick you up?"

Steven: "Yeah."

Mileka: "So does it make sense to you how Nala was found?"

Steven: "No."

Mileka: "But Nala was still in the car with Charli when you guys left Keanae?"

Steven: "Yep."

Mileka: "What do you think about the fact that the car was found torched and on its side?"

Steven: "I'm not really sure what to think about that yet."

Mileka: "Is that a problem area?"

Steven: "I mean, probably. Did they say that was the only car torched and flipped over, 'cause that's a load of crap. There's like a dozen of them down there.

Mileka: "Oh, really? So this is something that happens in that area a lot? I don't know -- that's why I'm asking."

Steven: "Yeah, Peahi is a pretty bad notorious area for people who steal cars to go and ditch them.

Mileka: "And so what do they do? Strip them and torch them?"

Steven: "From what I've seen just by driving by, yeah - it looks like it."

Mileka: "And I'm sorry, you said the spot was Peahi?"

Steven: "Yeah, or the Jaws area if that's what you guys want to call it but the road is called Peahi."

Mileka: "Peahi Road, okay -- we want to make sure we're being accurate."

Steven: "Yeah."

Mileka: "What is it that you want -- and I understand that you don't want your voice to be used -- but in terms of what you're sharing and telling us, what is it that you want viewers to know?"

Steven: "I mean, I don't really care what they know. I just want Charli to be found."

Mileka: "Did you do anything to hurt Charli?"

Steven: "Absolutely not."

Mileka: "Do you understand why people think you might have?"

Steven: "Of course."

Mileka: "So what's next for you, what is your next step?"

Steven: "I've been doing everything I can to try help her, but her family is getting hostile with me so I've just been -- I'm sitting here at my house just waiting for any news to come through."

Mileka: "Are you worried about your safety at all?"

Steven: "A little bit, but that's of little consequence because Charli's safety is first and foremost."

Mileka: "Steven, do you think they'll find her?"

Steven: "I don't know. I f--king hope so."

Mileka: "Did you love her?"

Steven: "Of course."

Mileka: "Were you excited about being a dad?"

Steven: "Sort of. It was unexpected. She didn't tell me right away, but it was growing on me."

Mileka: "Yeah, I guess you had more time, huh?"

Steven: "Yeah. I mean last time we talked we were talking about naming it. I thought we were getting there."

Mileka: "Was that on Sunday?"

Steven: "Yeah, that was on the ride out there."

Mileka: "Do you know if you were having a boy or girl?"

Steven: "I don't know for certain, but I was really hopeful that it was a boy. What man doesn't want a son?"

Mileka: "Do you know what she was hoping for?"

Steven: "She was probably hoping for a girl, what woman doesn't want a daughter?"

Mileka: "But you guys didn't talk about the sex?"

Steven: "She didn't know. Somebody else was supposed to know and it was supposed to be like a surprise at the baby shower and all that crap. So they never told me either because they didn't want me to spill the beans to her."

Mileka: "I see, they wanted to do it like that."

Steven: "Yeah, it's kind of old school. Traditional."

Mileka: "That's cool."

Steven: "Yeah."

Mileka: "So you literally just sit and wait, the cops didn't call you after Charli's car was found?"

Steven: "I had a friend who notified me, but the cops never did."

Mileka: "Is it true that you live nearby?"

Steven: "Yeah."

Mileka: "You think that someone might be trying to set you up?"

Steven: "I never really considered it until you said something, but maybe."

Mileka: "I mean, if you didn't do anything -- right?"

Steven: "I definitely did not do anything."

Mileka: "It would sure seem like it then."

Steven: "Yeah."

Mileka: "You have any enemies?"

Steven: "Her family."

Mileka: "Just her family?"

Steven: "They're the only people I can think of that would not like me enough to do anything about it. Everybody else on the island seems to love me."

Mileka: "So did you never have a good relationship with them? Or did you used to have a good relationship when you guys were dating?"

Steven: "No, I mean -- me and Charli always had a pretty good relationship but not me and her family."

Mileka: "How long did you guys date?"

Steven: "I don't really recall, two years -- maybe three."

Mileka: "It was for a little while then."

Steven: "It was for quite a while, we lived together in a three bedroom house for a minute."

Mileka: "But you've been broken up for about four or five years?" {someone tells him, 'I think it's more like three or four.'}

Steven: "It might be more like three or four, it wasn't really something I cataloged."

Mileka: "I understand."

Mileka: "Was the family excited about Charli being pregnant?"

Steven: "I believe so. I had never talked to them about it. I had never had any contact with her family since I stopped dating her, up until they wanted me to come help them -- Monday morning when the showed up."

Mileka: "Monday morning they showed up?"

Steven: "They showed up -- one of them showed up at work and told me what was going on and then called me later and I rushed out to show them exactly what had happened the night before and proceeded to help them look."

Mileka: "What do you think might have happened to Charli? Do you think there's a chance she just got tired of life on Maui and left?"

Steven: "I don't think so, not under these circumstances. She was a very caring person and she loved her dogs. and to have one of her dogs show up in Nahiku and one of her dogs had been locked in her house for a whole day -- she wouldn't do that Above all else, she would not leave her dogs unattended."

Mileka: "Do you think Charli may have had any enemies?"

Steven: "That's hard for me to say. I didn't hang out with her very often. But, I mean, she had kind of a mouth on her -- I could see her pissing somebody off. But again, I don't want to speculate -- I don't know for certain."

Mileka: "I understand."

Steven: "Her family might be able to better answer that one."

Mileka: "That is a good question for them, you're right."

Mileka: "What's next for you Steven?"

Steven: "I don't know. I'm going to do everything I can to help."

Mileka: "Are you still participating in the searches?"

Steven: "In my own way, but as a said -- the family's getting kind of hostile, so I stopped joining the search party myself. I've sort of ventured out on my own."

Mileka: "Can I give you my information and will you be in touch if you learn anything or you can point in a direction we should be looking?"

Steven: "Absolutely."

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