Maui police reclassified the investigation into the disappearance of Carly "Charli" Scott from a missing-person case to a "homicide investigation" Friday.
Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan said no one has been arrested in the investigation. He said he didn't know what kind of evidence led to the reclassification of the case or when it was found.
"As the investigation is active and ongoing, no further information will be released at this time," Juan said in a news release Friday afternoon.
Carly “Charli” Scott
The family has been notified of the change in classification, he said.
Scott, 27, of Makawao, who at the time was five months pregnant, was last seen at her sister's residence in Haiku at about 8 p.m. Feb. 9. Family members said that Scott left the house to help her ex-boyfriend, whose car had broken down in Keanae.
Police have said that Scott's ex-boyfriend is a "person of interest" in the case.
In a statement posted Friday afternoon on the "Find Charli Scott" Facebook page, her family said: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm that the Scott family has been informed by Maui police that investigation into Charli's disappearance has been reclassified as a homicide investigation. Without disclosing details of the ongoing investigation, we want to dispel rumors that Charli's body has been recovered. Sadly, this is untrue. That said, we feel strongly that evidence of this crime should be presented in court and not via rumors and shoddy news reporting.
"We would like to thank the Maui police for their thorough work thus far and encourage the public to cooperate with them in their search to bring Charli and her unborn son's killer to justice.
"Thank you and mahalo for your thoughts and prayers."
In another Facebook posting, Scott's mother, Kimberlyn Scott, said state law should be changed so that Carli Scott's unborn son, Joshua Aiden, would be counted as a separate homicide victim.
"One of the last times I saw my daughter, she stood in our driveway, her hand on her belly, lost in contemplation of the life within her . . . the same feelings were in her heart that burn in the hearts of ALL mothers for their babies, born OR UNBORN," said Kimberlyn Scott's post. "We mothers make no distinction between the two, we love them in the first moments of their existence. Why should our laws reflect a difference?????"
After Carli Scott was reported missing, her dog, who had been with Scott in her car, was found in Nahiku. Her 1997 Toyota 4Runner was found Feb. 12 torched near the surf spot Jaws at Peahi Point.
In the days after her disappearance, a search party organized by Scott's family reported finding her shirt, skirt and blanket near Honomanu Park near Mile Marker 15 on Hana Highway.
Maui police reported that they searched the coastline between Honomanu and Keanae on Tuesday, using a Maui Fire Department helicopter in areas inaccessible by foot. The area had been previously searched by land, police said.
A volunteer search planned for today has been canceled, the Find Charli Scott Facebook page said. A private search in the Honomanu/Keanae area will be held.
* Staff Writer Melissa Tanji contributed to this report. Lila Fujimoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.