HAIKU - The search for missing Makawao resident Carly "Charli" Scott continued Friday morning with police confirming the discovery of her torched SUV in Peahi and searchers saying they found some of her clothes.
Scott, 27, and five months pregnant, was last seen at about 8 p.m. Sunday at her sister's home in Haiku. Family members said that Scott left the house to help her ex-boyfriend, whose car broke down around Mile Marker 20 on Hana Highway in Keanae.
"My life is shut down until we find her," said Lydia Gaines, a Kula resident and friend of Scott's.
Wes Pires of ELCCO Electric Co. checks a map Friday afternoon during search efforts for missing Makawao resident Carly “Charli” Scott at Haiku Community Center.
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Fiona Elyse McKenna Wais (center) coordinates search efforts with volunteers James Tafoya and Katie McDougall on Friday afternoon at the Haiku Community Association. Scott is Wais’ sister.
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Gaines and at least 50 friends, family members and volunteers gathered at the Haiku Community Center on Friday to continue the search from Maliko Gulch to Keanae. Many more residents trickled in throughout the afternoon asking how they could help.
Scott's sister, Fiona Elyse McKenna Wais, has been organizing search parties nonstop since her family reported Scott missing Monday - handing out maps to volunteers and asking them to cross out areas that they searched.
"Every day, we'll be here at 8 a.m. searching for Charli until we find her," Wais said, seated at the community center. "We will not stop until she is found."
So far, searches have been conducted in Nahiku, between Mile Markers 20 and 30 on Hana Highway, and near the world-famous Jaws big-wave surfing spot at Peahi, Wais said. She said that the search areas were chosen because Scott's dog, who was with her in the car, was found in Nahiku, and Scott's 1997 Toyota 4Runner was found at Jaws.
Police confirmed the silver-colored SUV to be Scott's, and photos show the car to be completely gutted by fire.
"It was completely stripped and destroyed," Wais said.
While the car was completely destroyed, Wais found it odd that Scott's dog was "completely clean and unscathed" and did not appear to have been in an accident or gone through something traumatic.
Police said Friday that they received possible evidence from a search party in the Haiku area, though, they did not reveal what was found.
Ashleigh Hover, a friend of Scott's who lives in Kula, said that a search party found Scott's shirt, skirt and a blanket around 6 p.m. Thursday on a dirt road by Honomanu Park around Mile Marker 15. Family members did not know if Scott was wearing the recovered clothes the day of her disappearance, but confirmed the clothes to be hers.
Hover said that police told Scott's stepfather, Johnny Pipkin, not to go into the area because police were going to investigate the park.
But family members and friends went anyway.
"We went down last night because if they found her clothes that maybe she could be down there and need us," said Gaines. "So against all the authorities' wishes we went down there anyways. My husband hiked the trail almost all the way down to the beach, and he didn't see anything.
"Someone knows something, and they're obviously not telling us," Hover said.
In between organizing search parties and mapping out locations, Wais asked volunteers to be on the lookout for items belonging to Scott that may have been in her vehicle. Items included an iPhone 4S with a polka dot case, a chrome LED lamp skull, an Alpine subwoofer, a Pioneer amplifier, a black MacBook, a white wristwatch, cosmetology textbooks and parts to a 1997 Toyota 4Runner.
"We are asking anyone who is assisting in the search to call the department if they find any suspicious items," Maui Police Department spokesman Lt. William Juan said Friday. "However, please do not touch, move or recover the item as it may be evidence in this case or another case that the department is investigating."
Scott is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. She has red, shoulder-length hair and green eyes.
Anyone who sees her or who has information on her whereabouts is asked to call police at 244-6400, he said.
The search for Scott had already attracted the help of helicopter companies and those with all-terrain vehicles but, on Friday, Gaines and Makani Olu Ranch in Waikapu added horses to the search effort.
Gaines, who has been "best friends" with Scott for the past five to six years, said that she and her husband last saw Scott on Jan. 7.
"She came and helped with our horse camp and helped with the kids and helped feed all the horses and everything," Gaines said holding back tears. "We went over to my house afterwards and hung out and talked about the day. Everything was so normal, everything was fine.
"This isn't like her, this isn't anything she would do."
A few months ago, Scott permanently moved out from her family's residence in Haiku and began living on her own with her two dogs in a residence in Makawao, said Wais, one of Scott's five sisters and stepsisters. She said that Scott, who was born in Woodland, Calif., spent time living on Maui off and on and most recently was interning at Paragon Salon in Makawao.
"She wanted to go into cosmetology," Wais said, adding that her sister also helped at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center.
Around the same time Scott found her own place, she became pregnant. While the ex-boyfriend is reportedly unsure if the baby is his, Wais said her sister was "100 percent sure it was his."
Gaines knew about the pregnancy early on and offered support.
"When she found out she was pregnant, she confided in us, and we told (her) from the beginning that no matter what we're here for you. We'll help take care of the baby; we want to help you because my husband and I would love to have a kid one day."
Her ex-boyfriend, Steven Capobianco, told Hawaii News Now that he and Scott have been broken up for several years but remained friends and "occasionally hooked up."
He said that she picked him up Sunday night and drove him to Keanae so he could fix his truck. Scott's dog, Nala, was with her when she picked him up, he said. Capobianco said that Scott later was driving behind him toward Haiku, but he lost sight of her SUV at some point. He said he figured she arrived safely at her destination.
Capobianco said that police questioned him and administered a lie-detector test. He said that he "absolutely" did not hurt Scott.
Police have not made any arrests or named any suspects.
While the ex-boyfriend has reportedly said he does not know what happened to Scott, family members are asking the public if they saw a white, lifted Toyota 4Runner overnight Sunday at Mile Marker 20 on Hana Highway.
"We want confirmation that his vehicle was out there," Wais said.
The family has received false information about Scott as well. One erroneous report said that her body had been found Friday morning.
"It's not fair to family that people are making false reports," Gaines said. "If you don't know anything, don't talk about it."
Still, she encouraged people to come help in the physical search.
"We're going down every turn and trying to leave no stone unturned, because if we can find the places we know where she's not, then hopefully we can find the place where she is," she said. "We're very hopeful. Miracles happen, and we just need everybody to help."
Scott's disappearance comes on the heels of another missing-person case. Moreira "Mo" Monsalve, 46, a mother of three, has not been seen since Jan. 12. Extensive searches around the island have been conducted but have not turned up the woman.
Police have said that her case is not related to the Scott disappearance.
As the one-month anniversary of her disappearance passed, Monsalve's family voiced frustration, saying in a news release that there is no new information coming in from the public and Maui police so family members don't know what to do next.
They complained that Maui police lacked urgency when Monsalve's disappearance was first reported and wondered, if the police had acted sooner, whether there would be more clues or evidence to bring someone to justice.
Juan said that police investigate all leads until they all have been exhausted. The police spokesman added that the department does keep in contact with family if there is new information to pass on.
Maui County spokesman Rod Antone defended the Maui Police Department.
"Police are doing everything they can to find both women no matter what the community thinks," he said Friday.
"As far as we're concerned, they're doing everything they can, and people should stop second guessing the investigation," he said.
"It's not the Police Department's job to explain everything," Antone continued. "They're just there to solve the crime."
The search for Scott continues today. The family is asking for donations of food, water and drinks; they may be dropped off at the Haiku Community Center.
* The Associated Press contributed to this report. Chris Sugidono can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.