HI ISABELLA KALUA: Missing from Waimanalo, HI - 12 Sept 2021 - Age 6 *ARREST*

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CrimeSpotter: HPD searching for missing six-year-old Isabella Kalua​

CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) are seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing six-year-old Isabella Kalua.

She was last seen in her room at her Waimanalo home on Sunday, Sept. 12. at around 9 pm.

‘We need all of Hawaii’: Police encourage community to rally together to locate 6-year-old girl in Waimanalo​

CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are seeking the public’s help in locating 6-year-old Isabella Kalua who went missing from her home on Puha St. in Waimanalo on Sunday, Sept. 12.

“We need all of Hawaii. Please rally together in helping us bring her home,” Sgt. Chris Kim of CrimeStoppers said on Monday.

Kalua was last seen sleeping in her room at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday. She was wearing a black hoodie, black leggings, colorful socks and Nike slides with pink bottoms.

A family member said Isabella and her three siblings were recently adopted by the family. The family member told KHON 2 News Child Protective Services took the siblings from the home as the search for Isabella continues.

Police have opened a missing person case. There is no Maile Amber Alert due to certain criteria not being met.

“I think it’s fair to say that until she’s recovered, HPD is not going to stop looking for her,” Kim said.


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Hundreds rally in Waimanalo to search for missing 6-year-old girl​

Hundreds of people on Tuesday joined the search for a missing 6-year-old girl who was last seen sleeping in her room Sunday night.

Police, family, friends, and even complete strangers, rallied together on Day 2 of the search for Isabella Kalua in Waimanalo. She’s also known as Ariel Sellers, the name given to her at birth.

“We will continue this search as long as we need,” said Jamie Kumai, Isabella’s biological aunt. “We are going to continue until we find her or until we hear anything, and you know, all we could hope for is for the best, pray for the best. We ask if you know something, see something, hear something, say something.”

Day 3: Search continues for missing 6-year-old girl in Waimanalo​

The search continues for a missing 6-year-old girl who was last seen sleeping in her room Sunday night.

Police describe Isabella Kalua, also known as Ariel Sellers, as being white and mixed race, with brown eyes and hair. She was last seen was wearing a black hoodie and leggings, colorful socks and pink-soled Nike slides. Volunteers and authorities have been searching for Isabella since Monday.

Another family member told KHON2 that Isabella and her three siblings were recently adopted and that Child Protective Services took the siblings from the home as the search for Isabella continues.

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Intense search for missing 6-year-old drags into third day as FBI joins effort​

The FBI has joined an increasingly desperate search for Isabella “Ariel” Kula, the missing 6-year-old girl last seen Sunday in her Waimanalo home.

Despite hundreds of volunteers scouring the community, there has been no sign of the child.

Interim Police Chief Rade Vanic told the Honolulu Police Commission on Wednesday that investigators “haven’t determined or we don’t have sufficient evidence to show that the child was abducted.”

“We are hoping she isn’t in immediate danger,” he added.

Meanwhile, sources confirmed to Hawaii News Now that Isabella was pulled out of her public school earlier this year in order to be home-schooled.

Honolulu police haven’t talked to the media since Isabella was first reported missing so it’s not clear if they’ve made any progress in their investigation.

Even with few no details on the case, the community is holding onto hope.

On Wednesday, the third day of searching, scores of volunteers and members of the girl’s biological family returned to Waimanalo District Park to coordinate efforts and expand their coverage area.

“We’re asking that neighbors continue to check for places where they think a small child could hide and also asking them to check their video surveillance if ... they have it,” he added.

Vanic also addressed questions about why no MAILE AMBER Alert was issued following Isabella’s disappearance. Vanic said that’s because the criteria for the alert, which involves abductions, was not met. Her adoptive family reported her missing Monday morning.
 

"We’re trying to hold on": Family of missing six-year-old in Waimanalo stay hopeful as search continues​

There's still no sign of six-year-old Isabella Kalua on Wednesday, as family, friends, volunteers, state, county, and federal officials continue to search for her. The little girl was last seen Sunday evening.

"As time go on, we could end up breaking down. We're all tired, we're all worried. It's hard. It's really hard. We're trying to hold on as much as we can," Lana Idao, Kalua's biological aunt, said.

People hiked, walked and drove around the neighborhood. They began at sunrise to look for Isabella. The family acknowledge much time has passed but they're not giving up hope.

"Think positive. That's all we can do is think positive and keep going and going and going until we hear something," Idao said.

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CrimeSpotter: HPD searching for missing six-year-old Isabella Kalua​

CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) are seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing six-year-old Isabella Kalua.

She was last seen in her room at her Waimanalo home on Sunday, Sept. 12. at around 9 pm.

‘We need all of Hawaii’: Police encourage community to rally together to locate 6-year-old girl in Waimanalo​

CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are seeking the public’s help in locating 6-year-old Isabella Kalua who went missing from her home on Puha St. in Waimanalo on Sunday, Sept. 12.

“We need all of Hawaii. Please rally together in helping us bring her home,” Sgt. Chris Kim of CrimeStoppers said on Monday.

Kalua was last seen sleeping in her room at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday. She was wearing a black hoodie, black leggings, colorful socks and Nike slides with pink bottoms.

A family member said Isabella and her three siblings were recently adopted by the family. The family member told KHON 2 News Child Protective Services took the siblings from the home as the search for Isabella continues.

Police have opened a missing person case. There is no Maile Amber Alert due to certain criteria not being met.

“I think it’s fair to say that until she’s recovered, HPD is not going to stop looking for her,” Kim said.
last seen in bed with shoes on?
 

Hundreds rally in Waimanalo to search for missing 6-year-old girl​

Hundreds of people on Tuesday joined the search for a missing 6-year-old girl who was last seen sleeping in her room Sunday night.

Police, family, friends, and even complete strangers, rallied together on Day 2 of the search for Isabella Kalua in Waimanalo. She’s also known as Ariel Sellers, the name given to her at birth.

“We will continue this search as long as we need,” said Jamie Kumai, Isabella’s biological aunt. “We are going to continue until we find her or until we hear anything, and you know, all we could hope for is for the best, pray for the best. We ask if you know something, see something, hear something, say something.”

Day 3: Search continues for missing 6-year-old girl in Waimanalo​

The search continues for a missing 6-year-old girl who was last seen sleeping in her room Sunday night.

Police describe Isabella Kalua, also known as Ariel Sellers, as being white and mixed race, with brown eyes and hair. She was last seen was wearing a black hoodie and leggings, colorful socks and pink-soled Nike slides. Volunteers and authorities have been searching for Isabella since Monday.

Another family member told KHON2 that Isabella and her three siblings were recently adopted and that Child Protective Services took the siblings from the home as the search for Isabella continues.

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A second witness said a photo album with pictures of Isabella was found a week ago at the dump and was turned into police.

Jamie Kumai, Isabella’s biological aunt, said she did hear about the photo album.

“We don’t know too much information about it,” she explained. “All we know is it is in police custody.”
 

Hawaii girl, 6, missing with sweeping search underway: reports​

A massive search underway in Hawaii for a 6-year-old girl whose adoptive parents say they last saw her in her bedroom Sunday night, according to new reports.


A post on social media indicated that home video surveillance shows Isabella leaving the home at 1 a.m., but the paper could not verify that.

Investigators “haven’t determined or we don’t have sufficient evidence to show that the child was abducted,” Interim Police Chief Rade Vanic told the Honolulu Police Commission on Wednesday, according to Hawaii News Now.


Her biological mother, Melanie Joseph, 33, told the paper she last saw her daughter on a scheduled visit about a year ago, and alleged that there were signs of physical abuse.

She said she doesn’t think her daughter is the type to wander off.

“She stuck to me,” Joseph told the outlet. “I think something happened.”

The Kaluas had custody of four of Joseph’s five daughters for four years — and a fifth, a 5-year-old, is staying with a relative, according to the report.

After Isabella’s disappearance, Child Welfare Services took custody of the three other siblings, ages 1, 3 and 12, the outlet reported.

Sonny Kalua, also known as Isaac K. Kalua III, the named lessee on the home where Isabella was last seen, has a violent crime history, according to the report.

Back in 2001, he pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of attempted second-degree assault, the outlet reported.

A friend at the Kalua home told the paper that the family had been advised not to talk.
 

Hawaii girl, 6, missing with sweeping search underway: reports​

A massive search underway in Hawaii for a 6-year-old girl whose adoptive parents say they last saw her in her bedroom Sunday night, according to new reports.


A post on social media indicated that home video surveillance shows Isabella leaving the home at 1 a.m., but the paper could not verify that.

Investigators “haven’t determined or we don’t have sufficient evidence to show that the child was abducted,” Interim Police Chief Rade Vanic told the Honolulu Police Commission on Wednesday, according to Hawaii News Now.


Her biological mother, Melanie Joseph, 33, told the paper she last saw her daughter on a scheduled visit about a year ago, and alleged that there were signs of physical abuse.

She said she doesn’t think her daughter is the type to wander off.

“She stuck to me,” Joseph told the outlet. “I think something happened.”

The Kaluas had custody of four of Joseph’s five daughters for four years — and a fifth, a 5-year-old, is staying with a relative, according to the report.

After Isabella’s disappearance, Child Welfare Services took custody of the three other siblings, ages 1, 3 and 12, the outlet reported.

Sonny Kalua, also known as Isaac K. Kalua III, the named lessee on the home where Isabella was last seen, has a violent crime history, according to the report.

Back in 2001, he pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of attempted second-degree assault, the outlet reported.

A friend at the Kalua home told the paper that the family had been advised not to talk.

adopted by a person with a violent crime history??? :thud:
 
Mmmm hmmm.

In bed sleeping with shoes on.
Removed from public school.
Siblings immediately removed from the home.
Photo album in dumpster.
Family with "violent criminal history".
Any more red flags we can wave around??? :(
pics supposedly found about a week ago, too. Now to the standard question of when was this child last seen by anybody in the public?
 

Intense search for missing 6-year-old enters 4th day with no signs of the child​

The increasingly desperate search for a missing 6-year-old girl, last seen Sunday in her Waimanalo home, has now entered its fourth day on Thursday, but there’s still no sign of the child.

Volunteers from all over the island have been helping family, friends and authorities search for Isabella “Ariel” Kalua.

The FBI on Wednesday also joined the search.

Interim Police Chief Rade Vanic told the Honolulu Police Commission on Wednesday that investigators “haven’t determined or we don’t have sufficient evidence to show that the child was abducted.”
 

Foster care expert says missing 6-year-old’s adoptive placement raises red flags​

A foster care expert says there are several red flags in 6-year-old Isabella “Ariel” Kalua’s disappearance ― and adoptive family placement.

Steve Lane, the principal investigator in several high-profile child abuse cases in Hawaii, is even questioning whether the state should have placed the Waimanalo 6-year-old and her siblings with their adoptive family to begin with.

“I’d ask who the social worker was, who approved this family,” he said. “And on what basis.”

His concerns stem from her adoptive father’s criminal history.


“It’s inconceivable to me that anybody with that kind of criminal record and convictions of physical violence would be licensed as a foster family.”

Lane says another red flag is that the 6-year-old wasn’t going to school in person.

The state Department of Education confirms Isabella attended kindergarten at Waimanalo Elementary last school year via distance learning. In June, however, her adoptive parents filed paperwork to withdraw the child and home-school her.

Lane says that’s been used in the past to hide evidence of abuse.

“There’s virtually nothing that you have to do to warrant your application for home schooling to be approved,” said Lane. “Nor is there any supervision provided for children once they are placed in home school.”
 

Missing Waimanalo girl’s items may have been found​

Police made a discovery today inside Bellows Air Force Base in connection with the search for the missing 6-year-old Waimanalo girl, Isabella Kalua, known to her biological family as Ariel.

The Honolulu Police Department set up a roadblock this afternoon, but officers on scene would not confirm news reports that a backpack or bag with toys and slippers was found possibly belonging to Isabella.

HPD Homicide Lt. Deena Thoemmes, who oversees the Missing Persons Section, said in a written statement earlier in the afternoon: “At this time, foul play has not been ruled out.”

However, the case remains a missing persons case.

When asked about the backpack or bag, Melanie Joseph, Isabella’s biological mother, who was at the police command post tonight at Waimanalo District Park, said she could not say anything.

The HPD Criminal Investigation Division has conducted numerous interviews into the case since Monday when she was reported missing by her adoptive parents, who say she was last seen sleeping 9 p.m. Sunday at home in her bedroom.

Despite the numerous interviews by HPD detectives, “there are still individuals, to include acquaintances and family members, who have yet to come forward to be interviewed,” Thoemmes said.
 

HPD says they haven’t ruled out foul play in 6-year-old’s disappearance​

Honolulu police said they have not ruled out foul play in the disappearance of 6-year-old Isabella “Ariel” Kalua.

They also said some family members and acquaintances are not cooperating with the investigation.

As the search for the missing girl continued into its fourth day, Honolulu police and the FBI shifted their focus to the beach park in Bellows Air Force Station.

Officials confirmed that a backpack found in a canal area late Thursday afternoon is connected to the search for Isabella. The bag was reportedly discovered by fire department personnel assisting in the search.
 

HPD says they haven’t ruled out foul play in 6-year-old’s disappearance​

Honolulu police said they have not ruled out foul play in the disappearance of 6-year-old Isabella “Ariel” Kalua.

They also said some family members and acquaintances are not cooperating with the investigation.

As the search for the missing girl continued into its fourth day, Honolulu police and the FBI shifted their focus to the beach park in Bellows Air Force Station.

Officials confirmed that a backpack found in a canal area late Thursday afternoon is connected to the search for Isabella. The bag was reportedly discovered by fire department personnel assisting in the search.
These uncooperative people in these cases are on my last nerve! Whatever happened to truth serum?
 
These uncooperative people in these cases are on my last nerve! Whatever happened to truth serum?
" the drugs have other side affects that might make you say something to please someone else that is not necessarily true."

 

Why adoptive family of missing 6-year-old Waimanalo girl have remained absent in search parties​

Day five of the search for Isabella Kalua. The Kalua family broke their silence claiming they have received death threats and are fully cooperating with authorities.

Police confirmed they are continuing to search Bellows — where items of interest were found late Thursday afternoon, Sept. 16 — and they said more people are coming forward.


Attorney William Harrison is a friend of the Kalua family, who adopted Isabella and two of her siblings. Harrison said they want to set the record straight.

“My clients have been absolutely cooperative,” Harrison said. “As I put it in my statement, they allowed the police to come to their house and spend the day in their home. They’ve given up all electronic equipment, made multiple statements to the police department as to anything they’ve asked them about.”

After a police statement on Thursday said some family members and acquaintances had not come forward to be interviewed by police, Lt. Thoemmes clarified that the family is working with police.

“Their family attorney has reached out and has made some arrangements so some of the family can come and meet with us and give us a statement,” she explained.

“The reason why the Kalua’s, personally, are not down there is cause they’ve been given death threats,” Harrison explained. “We’ve even notified the police of that situation. So I’ve told them, ‘Do not go out and identify yourselves in public. You are a target. Do not do that.’ So, other family members, a lot of them, have gone out and assisted and have also participated in giving food and water to those who are out there searching.”
 

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