The ex-boyfriend of a pregnant woman missing on Maui for the past five months has been indicted on charges of murder and arson.
A Maui grand jury indicted Steven Capobianco on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Carly Scott, and a third-degree arson charge for allegedly torching her 1997 Toyota 4Runner in an effort to hide evidence. Scott disappeared on the evening of Feb. 9 and was never found.
According to Maui County Prosecutor John D. Kim, Capobianco was served with an arrest warrant Monday morning at the Maui Community Correctional Center.
Capobianco has been jailed on $500,000 bail since last month in an unrelated burglary case.
Family members last saw the 27-year-old Scott at her sister's home in Haiku. Her torched sport-utility vehicle was found on Maui's north shore near the surf break Jaws on Feb. 12. Two days earlier her dog was located in Nahiku, more than 30 miles from where the SUV was spotted.
Scott's biological father, Robert Scott, declined to comment about Capobianco's indictment until he learns more about the case. Other family members and friends are awaiting a news release by the Maui Police Department before they speak out.
However, the daughter of another woman missing on Maui since Jan. 12 said Capobianco's arrest is encouraging.
"When I saw the news I thought it was great, you know, and hopefully they can get more out of him I guess in a sense, and maybe he'll come clean in stating where she is so the family can also get closure and find her," said Alexis Felicilda.
Felicilda's mother, 46-year-old Moreira "Mo" Monsalve disappeared after she was last seen with her ex-boyfriend Bernard Brown. Police have named Brown a person of interest in the case, although he is no longer on Maui.
Initially, there was speculation the cases of the two missing women could be related. But with Capobianco's indictment for Scott's murder, those concerns have dissipated.
Hopefully, this does calm some people's minds in a sense, but they also have to still remember that they aren't found yet," said Felicilda. So, there's still another person out there that has done something bad and has not been brought to justice for it."
Kim told KITV4 Capobianco faces arraignment Tuesday morning on Maui where he will answer to the charges of murder and arson. His bail was set at $2 million, which must be confirmed during a bail hearing. Kim said a jury trial could take place in as little as one or two months.
Scott was five months pregnant with Capobianco's child when she vanished.
Capobianco told reporters at the time he had nothing to do with her disappearance. The maximum sentence for second-degree murder is life in prison with the possibility of parole.