“MO” UPDATE: One-Month After Disappearance, Information Sparse

February 12, 2014, 6:28 PM HST · Updated February 13, 10:38 AM
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Moreira "Mo" Monsalve, missing person flyer. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Moreira “Mo” Monsalve, missing person flyer. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

On the one-month anniversary of the disappearance of Moreira “Mo” Monsalve, Maui police have little new information to share with the public.

Today, police issued a press release touting the department’s efforts to disseminate information via social media and Facebook in the days after she went missing.

“We were able to pass along the information to the public much faster and more efficiently with the assistance of the media and social media,” said Lieutenant William Juan who noted that the department’s own post generated more than 4,400 views.

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Monsalve was last seen a month ago on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at her ex-boyfriend‘s residence in Wailuku.  She was reported missing on Tuesday, Jan. 14 by her daughter; and police issued a missing person report on the case at around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, requesting the public’s assistance.

Yesterday, family and friends of Monsalve posted an update on their Facebook page saying Feb. 12, “marks a full month with little to go on that is concrete we all flip back and forth between sadness and anger.”

The update states that the FBI was contacted the day Monsalve was reported missing. “They have been helping where they can but this is in MPD’s jurisdiction,” the post stated.

The update also comes as the department faces yet another missing person case — this time involving 27-year-old Carly “Charli” Joann Scott who is five months pregnant, and who was last seen at around 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at her sister’s house in Haʻikū.

According family members, Scott then went to help her ex-boyfriend whose car had broken down and was stuck at around mile post 20 of the Hāna Highway on Sunday night.

Scott was reported missing on Monday, Feb. 10, and police issued a missing person crime bulletin seeking the public’s help shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Family members of Scott also set up a social media Facebook page to assist in organizing search efforts and disseminating information.

Anyone with information on either case is asked to call Maui police.

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