Hawaii County police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 35 year-old woman who moved to Kapaau in May and was reported missing.
Claudette Morell last spoke to her mother on Aug. 29, saying she was going to Waimanu Valley and would be out of touch for five days.
Morell’s mother received a text on Sept. 7 from an unknown telephone number saying that Morell will be in Waimanu Valley for at least two weeks, police said. Morell’s mother called the phone number and spoke with an unidentified male who informed her that Morell was in Waimanu Valley with "Heather and Jake."
Morell is described as Caucasian, about 5-feet-3-inches tall, 150 pounds. She has blue eyes, long strawberry blonde straight hair and wears glasses. She has a tattoo of a vine with leaves, stretching from her left knee to ankle on the outer side of her leg. Morell also has and a cross-shaped scar on her chest. In addition, she wears a straw hat.
Morell has a 2001 white Chrysler Sebring, four-door sedan. Its license plate reads: HAN 343.
Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Morell or the other individuals call the department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.