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Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

 By Wendy Osher

The search for a Maui woman who has been missing since Sunday, Jan. 12, was focused today in the Polipoli area of Kula on Maui.

Alexis Felicilda, the daughter of missing Moreira “Mo” Monsalve, was among those who joined in the search which included an estimated 115 people.

“We’ve been feeling all the love, support and prayers.  They got some good leads that MPD will be investigating, but we’re still going to be looking.  We’re going to search the whole island until she’s found,” said Felicilda.

“Because we had a lot of people, we covered some good ground today… but we’re still looking,” she said.

In addition to the public search, Maui police were also on scene in the same area.

Lt. William Juan issued the following statement this afternoon from the Maui Police Department:

“The Maui Police Department is investigating this case thoroughly and following every lead.  At this time I can’t go into details because the case is still ongoing.  We know the family is very concerned and we are working as hard as we can to find her.  We are conducting a search in the area along Waipoli Road in Kula as part of the investigation and utilizing available resources to assist in locating Moreira “Mo” Monsalve.” 

Among those helping with the search today included friends, family, and private search and rescue dog handlers.

“We felt like as part of the Maui community, we wanted to contribute the specialty that we had to help,” said John Parker operations officer for Maui Dog Tags K-9 Services.

“Our heart goes out to the family. Everybody here has a love and concern. When something hurts one of us, it hurts all of us. We are here to help the family and the community in any way that we possibly can to get closure on this and to get answers and provide support for the family,” said Parker.

Anyone with information that could help with the investigation is asked to call Maui Police at 244-6400.  Family and friend of Monsalve have also set up a Facebook page that is updated daily with progress and search information.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Polipoli search for Moreira Monsalve. Photo by Wendy Osher.

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  • guest

    Another one bites the dust! Just like Kini from Wailea. Welcome to Maui.

    • just redirect to you

      ETC! A- hole you’ve got a real personality problem! Keep your unhelpful and useless comments to yourself!

      • redirect to you

        CORRECTION (((WTF))) not “ETC”

      • Wellington Mot

        Don’t feed the trolls!

    • Praying

      You are a sick F—er you should be a shame of yourself this poor lady is missing get a heart. Please pray for her safe return there is always hope. I feel sorry for her & her family please try to be strong

    • Praying

      What if it was your family A-hole you’re a real Pr–k NO HEART just a JACK A-S

    • con-3

      Post your full name p%ssy! Then lets see who bits the dust!!!!!!

    • guess what

      “Read between the lines”
      (F) this
      (U) is
      (C) what
      (K) you
      (Y) really
      (O) are
      (U) dummy

  • ronald1216

    keep watch on the military and police they appear to have something to hide. they wont allow people to the top of the military base up polipoli or garbage bins. look no further then iao parkside.

  • ronald1216

    the person that did this to her is not dumb he or she knows the leads here so if he listening he’ll set himself up. with the cel phone. ill try to search for her with out getting hassles from the police . i have thermal cam

  • Concerned

    Right on Maui! Community effort is what is needed here. I wish I was on the island to help search. Prayers to the family.

  • Kahuna

    Bernard Brown did it.

    • Wellington Mot

      All circumstances, including his actions and statements, point towards guilt for BB. Most everybody familiar with the publicized facts has the same “gut feeling” about BB’s guilt. Problem is how do you articulate a feeling to a jury? Police need to find articles of evidence and they need to collect it carefully or risk damaging the prosecution of the killer.

  • Shannon

    Dear Bernard Brown,

    It’s seems you have a better chance out of anyone to help end this families search and help them start to heal. Even after what you may or may not have done…. Be a man for the first time in your life, not a coward.

    Sincerely,

    A Single Mother on Oahu

    P.S. Even if you didn’t do it you’re still the lowest of the low…. Based off of what I have already read about you.

  • Wellington Mot

    Missing and no contact with children or employment for over a week now; purse and shoes recovered in the dumpster; all vehicles accounted for, MPD searching remote areas…. Obviously this poor women was murdered and now evidence recovery is the prime focus. This is not a movie, she is not being held (alive) at some secret criminal lair. The guy killed her in a fit of rage and dumped her body somewhere, plain and simple. The sooner her body is found the more likely PD can recover something linking the suspect to the killing. If they jump the gun, or screw-up the evidence recovery, they could make it easier for the suspect to wiggle out of this mess. They must be methodical, this takes time.

    • Enough!

      MPD has enough evidence to hold Bernard Brown based on:

      His threatening text messages
      He was with her the night before she disappeared
      Her purse and shoes were in a dumpster across from his house
      He drove her car to an auto repair shop the day after she disappeared
      He apparently offered MPD access to search his house
      MPD NEVER searched his house where they would find blood and other evidence

      STOP making excuses for the EVIL that MPD is. They did the same to Kini from Wailea and called it suicide before they even recovered her body.

      MPD was rated THE most CORRUPT PD nationwide 5 years ago. MPD is sicker than the murderers to let them get away with all of this. We have lost our island due to their VILE CORRUPTION!

      • Wellington Mot

        No excuses, just the facts of life with our modern criminal justice system. Prosecutors and police must follow strict procedures or the killer could get off the hook.

      • Wellington Mot

        Also, if BB did in fact offer to let MPD search his residence, that probably means there was no evidence at that location for them to find; remember, other than blood, there would not be anything suspicious about finding her DNA at his residence or vehicle b/c she spent time there..

  • Wellington Mot

    Apparently there is some evidence that links this matter to the Poli Poli area, otherwise why search there as a random choice? If she was killed by her ex BF at or near his residence at Ioa Parkside like most assume, I would search the coastline from the Harbor to Kahkuloa Bay. He would have easy and quick access to the ocean many places along that stretch. Based on the ridiculously staged posting he made to the victims FB page, I think the suspect likes to engage in misdirection. If he was spotted up at Poli Poli could be his way of trying to divert searchers and resources away from the area he actually dumped the body.

  • guest

    Mount a camera on a drone and scan the area from Maluhia to Kahakuloa. That terrain is inaccessible by foot.

    • Wellington Mot

      In the water with Zodiacs & Jet Ski’s that can get close to the shoreline is the kind of search needed in this area.On land at places accessable from the road where a person could hike down to the water or a cliff.

  • Respect

    Please have some consideration for the family of Moreira Monsalves. Some of your comments are downright forward and nasty and they don’t need to hear that. Show some respect! My thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her 3 kids.

    • Wellington Mot

      This is a horrible situation, the facts here are “down right nasty”. No way to sugar coat it when discussing likely outcomes…

  • http://www.mauicom.com/ Maui Commercial Media and Comm

    Can someone direct me to a photo of the EX BOYFRIEND?

    • GirlNMaui

      There is a missing person sign everywhere. It has a pic of her and her ex boyfriend. Also he has a FB page. Look at him there.

      • Hoss

        I heard he got the heck outta Dodge…

        • Wellington Mot

          Nope, he was going to fly to Mainland that Monday, but MPD told him to stick around. Speaking of “Dodge” I hear the “sheriff and his posses” are about to round up o’l BB and rather sooner than later.

          • Hoss

            Well WTF are they waiting for?

    • Wellington Mot

      Do you use google much?

      • http://www.mauicom.com/ Maui Commercial Media and Comm

        Yes I do. I would thank you for responding if you had something useful to say. But i surmise from your response that it would be unlikely. I saw the photo on a flyer today. Its not the abusive creep I thought it was. I dont recognize the ex in the photo.

        • Wellington Mot

          Than use google to find what you want instead of asking dumb questions here.

  • Wellington Mot

    MPD is just now (1/26) naming Bernard Brown a “person of interest” as of today; two weeks to the day she went missing on 1/12. He was seen at Poli Poli by State workers in his pick-up on 1/14. I believe this was his way of diverting search assets away from the area where he actually dumped her body, IMHO. IMHO, BB was done with his dirty work by the morning of 1/13, no way he would try to move her remains after she was reported as a missing person. My guess is he put her remains in the ocean somewhere near his residence along the coastline between Kahului Harbor and K-bay. With the surf we had lately its possible she could never be found. BB needs to confess and lead MPD to the spot he left the body, IMHO.

  • Jan Guenther

    I wish they would look in the sewers or sess pits its so frustrsting


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