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Maui police name persons of interest in missing women's cases

By Leila Fujimori

LAST UPDATED: 10:25 p.m. HST, Feb 18, 2014

The Maui Police Department on Tuesday identified the ex-boyfriends of two missing Maui women as persons of interest but not suspects.

Bernard Brown declined to take a polygraph test or provide a statement to police in the disappearance of ex-girlfriend Moreira "Mo" Monsalve, 46, last seen by him Jan. 12, but there is no evidence to make him a suspect, police Capt. John Jakub-czak said at a news conference held Tuesday.

Brown has left Maui, and police acknowledged receiving criticism for allowing him to leave, but "we had nothing to keep him here," he said. "I'm sure if we need to get in touch with him, we can," but police have not kept contact with him.

Police also have no evidence linked to the ex-boyfriend of missing pregnant woman Carly "Charli" Scott that would establish him as a suspect. In that case, Steven Capo-bi-anco told a Hawaii News Now reporter that police said he had failed a lie-detector test. Police would not confirm that.

Scott, 27, was last seen the night of Feb. 9 by Capo-bi-anco, who asked her to drive him on Hana Highway to where his truck broke down in Kea-nae. After he fixed the truck, she followed him back, but he lost sight of her, he told an HNN reporter.

Jakubczak, stationed on Molo-kai, was brought back to Maui this week to head MPD's Criminal Investigation Division and addressed the media Tuesday afternoon following criticism from friends and families of the women and the community because of a dearth of information and the handling of these back-to-back missing-person cases.

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