The families of missing Maui women Moreira "Mo" Monsalve and Carly "Charli" Scott are offering rewards up to $10,000 each for the rescue and recovery of the women.
Contrary to published reports, the rewards offered by the families and friends are not formally connected or authorized by the Maui Police Department or Maui County Crime Stoppers, officials said Thursday.
Matt Stevenson, vice president of Maui County Crime Stoppers, said that his group has not been formally contacted by either family but will receive information from the public about the cases, as it does all cases. He said that if the information leads to the arrest or conviction of a person, or multiple parties, Crime Stoppers will disperse up to $1,000, per its bylaws.
The Maui County Crime Stoppers phone number is 242-6966.
Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan also said that MPD is not involved with the rewards.
Monsalve's daughter, Alexis Felicilda, said that her mother's workplace, Schafer Corp., is offering the reward in that case independently, and that the family is asking people with information to call police at 244-6400, ext. 0.
Schafer Corp. officials did not comment on the record Thursday about the reward.
Referencing a flier being passed out to the public, Felicilda said that the money will be awarded if the information "physically leads us to the whereabouts of Moreira's rescue or recovery."
"We wanted to do it in the very beginning but when we talked to people about offering the reward we didn't know who was going to answer the phone calls and follow the leads," Felicilda said. "We do want answers and want to find my mother so if this is what we have to do to get answers, then this is what we have to do."
Monsalve's immediate family members are planning small searches over the weekend through ravines in the Upcountry area, Felicilda said.
Those interested in helping in future searches for Monsalve should visit the family's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mowatchmoreiramonsalve.
For those interested in helping with the search for Scott, visit www.facebook.com/findcharliscott?ref=br_tf.
Family members said that the donors of the reward money for Scott's discovery requested anonymity and that people have until midnight Monday to provide information that leads to Scott's rescue or recovery.
Scott family members also said that they will determine who will receive the reward, though sources are asked to call Maui County Crime Stoppers and the Maui Police Department with their information.
This weekend, searches for Scott will focus on "areas of interest" along the north shore between Haiku and Hana, said Jeff Simon, a family friend and organizer of the searches. He said that volunteers plan to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Haiku Community Center before embarking on Saturday and Sunday.
The family is asking for help from people with horses, all-terrain vehicles and other vehicles, Simon said. He asked that volunteers be at least 15 years old for safety reasons, and that they wear bright clothing, sunscreen and a hat.
While the Scott family is appreciative of the food and water donations that have flooded in during the past week, Simon said they are "at capacity" and are instead asking for monetary donations.
"We've had a lot of great volunteers with watercrafts and aircrafts, and we know that they've incurred significant expenses," he said. "They've burned probably $15,000 worth of jet fuel."
Simon said cash donations can be made at the Haiku Community Center to help fund future searches.
The 27-year-old Scott, who is five months pregnant, was last seen at about 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at her sister's residence 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.
Scott is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds with red shoulder-length hair and green eyes.
Monsalve, 46, was last seen around 10 p.m. Jan. 12 at her ex-boyfriend's residence in Wailuku. She is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
* Chris Sugidono can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.