By Jeff King
“There is no evidence to support the fact that there is a serial killer on Maui.” That was the response by Capt. John Jakubczak, the recently promoted chief of the Maui Police Department’s criminal investigation division, to a question posed by a member of an overflow crowd in Kihei tonight.
The occasion was the regular meeting of the Kihei Community Association – held in cramped quarters at Kihei Charter School’s auditorium. Somewhere between 200 and 300 people filled every available space – and streamed out the door. The meeting had long been planned to allow MPD brass to address Kihei community concerns. However, the back-to-back missing persons cases involving two Maui women – one of them five months pregnant – drew throngs from across the island to voice frustration at the progress in searches for Moreira “Mo” Monsalve, who has been missing since January 12; and Carly J. “Charli” Scott, last seen February 9th.
Earlier today, MPD held a press conference to announce that their investigation has ruled the ex-boyfriends of each of the women are now “persons of interest.” They further announced that the crimes appear unrelated, and that there was no evidence to arouse suspicion that a serial killing might be involved.
Pressed relentlessly about involving the FBI, Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta explained that he has been in contact with the three agents within the jurisdiction, facts have been shared but, “…we will not involve the FBI until and unless we feel it is necessary to do so…” That response was unsatisfactory to many – who pressed again and again for a commitment to involve federal authorities.
Ongoing searches for the two women continue – overlapping enough places and times that many presume a connection. Monsalve’s daughter, Alexis Felicilda, told Maui TV News that she and her family do not feel “overshadowed” by the energy being devoted to the search for Charli Scott. In fact, she says, the joint effort has bolstered the spirits of searches for both missing women.
Pressed for details and facts on stage, Captain Jakubczak was unable to quote an exact number of missing persons cases on Maui over the last decade. He did, however, confirm that there is no “hidden volume of cases.” That was in response to a Maui TV News inquiry that confirmed our story last week that, since December 12, there have been four missing persons cases on Maui. Two have been solved – and only one of those had a “happy ending.” The two missing women are one of the top priorities of his CID.