The discovery of the jawbone of a missing pregnant woman was a key piece of evidence that led to her disappearance being investigated as a murder, a source close to the investigation said Wednesday.
Carly "Charli" Scott's jawbone was found in a secluded area between two small bays along Hana Highway in the area where most of her clothing also was found, the source said.
Dental records confirmed the jawbone belonged to Scott and that she was no longer alive, according to the source.
Last week, a Maui County grand jury indicted Scott's ex-boyfriend Steven Capobianco on charges of second-degree murder and third-degree arson in connection with her killing.
During his arraignment Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court, Capobianco, 24, of Lahaina pleaded not guilty to the charges. An Oct. 6 trial date was set for Capobianco, who is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center.
Scott, a 27-year-old Makawao resident, was five months pregnant when she disappeared. Family members reported last seeing her the night of Feb. 9 at her sister's home in Haiku. That night, Scott received a phone call from Capobianco, who asked if she would drive him to Keanae so he could fix his truck, which had broken down there, according to family members.
Family members said Capobianco is the father of Scott's unborn son, Joshua.
Scott's dog was later found in Nahiku, and her burned 1994 Toyota 4Runner was found Feb. 12 in Peahi, near the "Jaws" surfing spot.
Family members said clothes and a blanket belonging to Scott were found during searches of East Maui by family members, volunteers and law enforcement officials.
The prosecution has said it will seek life in prison without parole for Capobianco if he is convicted of the murder charge.