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Police Search Dumpster at Papohaku Park

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   January 16th, 2014 · 5 Disqus Comments · Featured, Maui News
Papohaku Park in Wailuku.  Photo by Wendy Osher.

Papohaku Park in Wailuku. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Maui police cordoned off a section of Papohaku Park in Wailuku on Thursday afternoon, but police on scene could not say what they were investigating.

Two individuals with gloves were observed sifting through the contents of a dumpster and taking photographs.

We asked police if the activity was in relation to a widely publicized missing person report involving Moreira “Mo” Monsalve, and they declined to comment.

Papohaku Park in Wailuku.  Photo by Wendy Osher.

Papohaku Park in Wailuku. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The police tape was eventually removed, police left the scene, and parks officials closed the park gate entrance saying the park was closed for maintenance.

About 30 people gathered at the perimeter of the park, many of them identifying themselves as friends of Monsalve.

One of Monsalve’s friends, Frank Lopez said he was in the process of searching for her in Wailuku when he and others received a call that “something” was found at Papohaku that was possibly related to the case.

According to Lopez, small groups of Monsalve’s friends have been canvasing areas in Kīhei, Wailuku and Waiehu, as well as secluded areas where authorities may not have the time or manpower to look.

Papohaku Park is located next to the ʻĪao Parkside Condominiums where friends say Monsalve’s ex-boyfriend reportedly resides.

In earlier reports, police said Monsalve was last seen at around 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at her ex-boyfriend’s residence in Wailuku.

Maui Police Lt. William Juan responded to further requests for information saying, “Police were conducting an investigation, however, details of the investigation have not been disclosed.”  He said the park would be reopened to the public.

Papohaku Park in Wailuku.  Photo by Wendy Osher.

Papohaku Park in Wailuku. Photo by Wendy Osher.

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  • 808Slim

    Hope it’s not a pair of socks and a yellow hand towel they found. I was in Wailuku this morning when I noticed a vice car tailing me by sac and save. I stopped here at this park at this same dumpster and threw a pair of black and grey socks and yellow hand towel both soaked with fruit punch. ( I spilled it in my car laughing at the stupid vice wasting tax payer money following me ) on another note, I hope they find Mo.

    • ronald1216

      these druggies got nothing better to do then to use up our gas instead of working. the only person who can tell us what was in there is the photographers. which no doubt police destroied evedence of something in there.

  • ronald1216

    its not againts the law to photograph anything anywhere. know your rights. police have something to hide no doubt.and there no such work at the park they just dont want anyone searching for her. you can search for a body in a bag by using thermal cameras no need to open it can see through it like it was see through. as for areal like rc helicopters can be of better search then ground. if by helicopter use a night vision or reguler videocam with a hoya infrared filter using this is almost the same as thermal. the trees and grass are diferent from humane bodys they stand out. and can also see burning flames in the day and cant see it through black smoke with out the infrared filter. in other words if you want to see where the flames are in thick black smoke you need a infrared filter on regular video camera you wont see smoke just flames.

    • Brian MCC

      Dead bodies DO NOT show up on thermal cameras. no heat to detect. Google it.

  • ronald1216

    next thing you know the military will take over and play war games.