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Father joins in the search for missing Maui woman

By Andrew Pereira
Published On: Feb 14 2014 06:00:04 PM HST
Updated On: Feb 14 2014 08:39:17 PM HST

More than 30 strangers, family and friends gathered at the Haiku Community Center in the search for Carly Scott, also known as Charli, who is five months pregnant.

HAIKU, Hawaii -

It was day five of the search for 27-year-old Carly Scott, a Maui woman who went missing on Sunday evening.

Click here to watch Andrew Pereira's story.

Volunteers focused their search on Friday between mile marker 4 and 20 of the Hana Highway, near where she was last seen.

More than 30 strangers, family and friends gathered at the Haiku Community Center with one goal in mind -- find Carly, also known as Charli, who is five months pregnant.

"I wasn't able to sleep and I called my other friends and they weren't able to sleep so we really have to come out and find her.  Hopefully today we find a lovely lady.  OK," said search volunteer Beth White.

"We're so thankful everybody is out here, you know.  Yesterday was huge," said search volunteer Alton Franco.

On Thursday, Scott's burned out 1997 Toyota 4Runner was spotted from the air by a volunteer near the surf break Jaws.  Investigators released pictures of the badly-damaged vehicle.  Its tires melted.  Barely recognizable.

"Very emotional.  Everything was surreal," said Franco.

For Scott's relatives, there are so many questions.  Robert Scott, Charli's dad, flew in from Seattle to be here.

"It's a little overwhelming," said Scott.  "I'm just trying to grasp everything and get involved and do what I can.  We need to find Charli, find my baby, then we can figure out what to do next."

Sunday night, Charli was at her sister's home in Haiku when her ex-boyfriend, 24-year-old Steven Capobianco, called saying his car broke down on the Hana Highway.

Capobianco told other media he was in front of Scott as they headed toward Haiku in separate cars, when he lost sight of her headlights near Twin Falls.

Mile marker 20 on the Hana Highway was one of the last spots where Charli was seen.  A cone marks that spot.  Family and friends want anyone who may have seen a gray 4Runner in the area to report that immediately to police, even before she went missing, possibly on Saturday.

"It's a little distressing.  I want answers," said Robert Scott.  "And I just got in yesterday afternoon and I have yet to have my own one-on-one talk with law enforcement."

Friends and relatives say Charli had no reason to disappear -- happy and vivacious with a baby on the way.

Volunteers in teams of four fanned out across Hana Highway between mile markers 4 and 20, seeking any clue to Scott's whereabouts.

"Out teams' out here working really hard.  You know, with social media keeping everybody up-to-date," said Franco.

At just about every turn, bright streamers mark where volunteers have already been.  On Friday, a search dog was brought in to try and pick up Scott's scent.  The beautiful, but treacherous, terrain making their effort that much more difficult.

"The primary thing is let's find her and then we can answer questions," said Robert Scott.

Maui police have not named a suspect or person of interest as the search for Charli continues.  Volunteers will be back out searching again on Saturday.

Click here to see photos of Charli and the search efforts.

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