HONOLULU (KHON2) — The search for missing six-year-old Isabella Kalua — also known as Ariel Sellers — is still an ongoing active investigation in Waimanalo. Meanwhile, her adoptive parents are expected to make a court appearance at the District Court on Friday at 10:30 a.m.
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Her adoptive mom, 43-year-old Lehua Kalua, was arrested at her Waimanalo home on Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder in connection with Isabella’s disappearance. Isabella’s adoptive dad, 52-year-old Isaac Kalua, was arrested at Building 167 at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday. He has also been charged with second-degree murder. The couple is being held without bail.
According to HPD, the statements made by the Kaluas when they first reported Isabella missing on Sept. 13 were false.
HPD held a press conference on Wednesday, Nov. 10, to ask the community for help with finding new leads on Isabella’s case.
We believe Ariel was murdered sometime in the middle of August 2021 by her adopted parents Lehua and Isaac Kalua. It’s worth noting that this time element is a full month before Ariel was reported to the police as a missing person. The cause of Ariel’s death is still under full investigation and will not be discussed today.Honolulu Police Maj. Ben Moszkowicz
According to Moszkowicz, Ariel’s remains have not yet been recovered.
“We know there are members of the community who have cared for and who have continued to care for the well-being of Ariel and her sisters,” Moszkowicz said.
Moszkowicz added that HPD is looking for witnesses that know or may have interacted with Ariel and her sisters between 2019 and August 2021 to come forward.
Moszkowicz concluded, “Also anyone who may have seen Lehua or Isaac Kalua during August or September of this year is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at (808)-955-8300.”
On Thursday, Sandy Kealoha, a Waimanalo resident who lives near the Kaluas’ residence, shared her thoughts on how she felt about this incident happening in her community.
“It has made a big impact on everyone, like myself — I have anxiety from thinking about all the possibilities of what happened to her,” Kealoha said. “And they live right here by us, it’s devastating — I don’t know how people could do something this evil.”
Kealoha said the island is so small, everybody knows everybody, as she expressed how this tragic turn of events has affected her ohana.
“I’m sure somebody knows something. I’m sure of it,” Kealoha said. “I just hold my kids a little closer than ever. I just want them to know that there are people out there that harm their kids, and that’s not right.”
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Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (808) 955-8300. The public may also send anonymous web tips here or via the P3 Tips app.