Maui police reclassify Charli Scott case as homicide

Maui police reclassify Charli Scott case as homicide
Published: Mar. 8, 2014 at 5:28 AM HST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2014 at 2:28 PM HST
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WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Maui Police Department Friday afternoon announced that Charli Scott was murdered.  Scott, who is five months pregnant, went missing on Feb. 9, her clothes and blanket were found days later.

Police on Maui released the following statement:

The Missing Persons case involving Carly J. Scott has been re-classified as a "Homicide Investigation" by the Maui Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division. The family has been notified of the change in classification.

As the investigation is active and on-going, no further information will be released at this time.

 Maui PD held a press conference February 18, in which Captain John Jakubczak, the Commander of the Criminal Investigative Division, told reporters officers would continue to investigate Scott's disappearance as a missing person's case unless they had evidence proving a crime has been committed.  At this time, Hawaii News Now is still waiting to learn exactly what that is. 

Hawaii News Now on Tuesday reported that Maui police were waiting for test results on several pieces of evidence in the case. Forensics were done on a bone and blood sample found at a crime scene near Keanae.

Police sources also tell Hawaii News Now that the grill from Charli's SUV had been found.  It was a recognizable part of the vehicle because of the skull ornament on it.  When the missing 27-year old's SUV was found, it had been stripped, turned over, and burned but the grill was not in the surf area known as 'Jaws'.

Scott's ex-boyfriend and unborn baby's father was the last person to see her.  24-year-old Steven Capobianco admitted to Hawaii News Now that he called Charli that night and asked her to help him after his car broke down along the Hana Highway near Keanae.

Hawaii News Now has been in touch with Scott's mother, Kimberlyn, and older sister, Brooke.

"It is my wish that both Charli and her baby, Joshua, are given consideration.  They both lost their lives and they both were very loved," said Brooke.

The family released the following statement:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm that the Scott family has been informed by the Maui police that the investigation into Charli's disappearance has been reclassified as a homicide investigation. Without disclosing details of the ongoing investigation we want to dispel rumors that Charli's body has been recovered. Sadly this is untrue. That said we feel strongly that evidence of this crime should be presented in court and not via rumors and shoddy news reporting.   We would like to thank the Maui police for their thorough work thus far and encourage the public to cooperate with them in their search to bring Charli and her unborn son's killer to justice.  Thank you and Mahalo for your thoughts and prayers.

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