The Maui Police Department has joined other Hawaii counties in a government database for missing persons cases.
The database is called the “National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.“
By joining the database, Maui Police hopes to resolve some of its open cases.
Lt. Greg Okamoto, with Maui Police said:
“The decision was based mostly on giving the public a resource to track the status of their report as well as any other Missing Person case. It’s also a resource for the public and us to use to help close out unidentified or unclaimed body cases. We are trying to be more efficient in servicing the community.”
There’s currently a total of 111 missing person’s cases for the state of Hawaii. The oldest case, dates back to 1966.
With Maui now on the database, additions to the list include Laura Vogel, who disappeared after camping in the Pauwela area of Maui in 2010.
There’s also the case of missing mother, Moreira Monsalve, who was last seen in Wailuku in 2014.
The database doesn’t just have just missing people, but also people believed to be dead who’s bodies were never found.
This includes ‘Peter Boy’ Kema who went missing on the Big Island in 1997. Last year, his father, Peter Kema Sr. was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his killing.
This list now includes Carly Scott who disappeared in Makawao back in 20-14.
Scott’s ex-boyfriend Steven Capobianco is serving a minimum sentence of 50 years for her murder, but Scott’s body was never found.
The database also tracks unidentified and unclaimed persons. Hawaii currently has 49 open cases of unidentified persons and 234 open cases of unclaimed persons. In these cases law enforcement agencies have already identified the victims, but are still looking for their families and loved ones.
So far, the database has helped to resolve nine missing persons cases here in Hawaii.