Cruise funds to aid missing woman’s children, search

As the search for missing Maui woman Moreira “Mo” Monsalve continues, friends and family accepted donations Sunday afternoon during a benefit whale watch tour by Trilogy Excursions.

About 40 people participated in the donated cruise, which raised more than $1,600 for Monsalve’s three children and the search effort.

“It went really well today,” said friend and co-worker Lisa Thompson, on behalf of the family. “We want to definitely thank the Coon ohana and Trilogy Excursions.”

Monsalves was last seen the night of Jan. 12 at her ex-boyfriend’s residence in Wailuku.

On Saturday, more than 115 volunteers searched for the 46-year-old woman from 8 a.m to about 3 p.m. in the Polipoli area of Kula. Thompson said that the search, which included volunteer K-9 services, turned up a few leads that police are investigating.

Smaller searches also are being conducted across Maui, and updates are being posted on the “Mowatch missing person Moreira Monsalve” Facebook page.

“We’re trying to keep everyone as up to date as possible from the site,” Thompson said.

The family is planning to hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday night to further raise money for Monsalve’s children and to fund search efforts.

Thompson said that the lives of friends and family members have been at a standstill since Monsalve’s disappearance.

“Starting Tuesday, I haven’t gone to work, and I know Alexis (Felicilda) hasn’t either,” she said of herself and Monsalve’s oldest child. “The only thing we can think about is finding her.”

Monsalve is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call police at 244-6400.

Information about upcoming searches and the location for the candlelight vigil can be found on the “Mowatch missing person Moreira Monsalve” Facebook page at monsalve?ref=br_tf.