A 27-year-old pregnant Maui woman, Carly Scott, is still missing after five days, but police report that they have located the burned remains of her SUV. Scott was last seen on Sunday night and search teams have been working around the clock to find her since she was first reported missing by her mother on Monday.
Scott was reportedly at her sister’s home in Haiku on Sunday night. From there, her ex-boyfriend, Steven Capobianco, claims that she gave him a ride to Keanae, a town several dozen miles away, so that his car could be repaired. Capobianco says that on the way back, he lost sight of Scott’s SUV behind him, but didn’t believe that anything was amiss. He reports that he sent her a text message to thank her for her assistance and was unconcerned when she didn’t respond because he assumed that she was working. Capobianco says he had no idea that anything suspicious was afoot until police showed up at his door to question him about her whereabouts in the early hours of the following morning.
Capobianco says that he did undergo questioning in relation to Scott’s disappearance, and that he was subject to a polygraph examination which he was told by police that he failed. He reportedly said that he believes that he is probably the prime suspect in her disappearance but maintains that he had “absolutely” no involvement. Police have not arrested him nor have they officially named him, or anyone else, as a suspect at this time. Capobianco says that he and Scott had not been an official couple for several years but that they still occasionally “hooked up.” He believes that he is the father of the baby that Scott is carrying, though he is reportedly not certain.
Police continue their search for the missing Maui woman approximately five months pregnant, and have now reportedly found her burned SUV, in addition to other evidence that may be useful. The charred remains of Scott’s Toyota 4Runner were found on Wednesday night near a popular surfing location known as “Jaws” in the pineapple fields off of Peahi Road. Prior to finding the torched vehicle, Scott’s dog, Nala, was found alive and well in a community not far away. Capobianco has told police that the dog was with her when she assisted him on Sunday. Clothing and a blanket belonging to the missing Scott has also reportedly been found in a beach area off the Hana Highway. Police further report that “possible” additional evidence was found by a private search party on Thursday. All of the evidence recovered thus far has been found in the more rural areas of the island.
Scott is described as 5’10” tall and about 160 pounds with long red hair and green eyes. Maui police are asking that anyone with information about the pregnant Maui woman still missing contact them immediately. In addition to the organization of a private search party, a Facebook page and an anonymous tip line have also been set up to aid in the search for Scott.
By Michele Wessel