Police need help finding missing Kapaau woman

Published On: Sep 17 2013 11:17:32 AM HST   Updated On: Sep 17 2013 12:04:24 PM HST

Claudette Morell

HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police are asking for the public's help in locating a Kapaau woman who was reported missing.

Claudette Morell, 35, moved to Hawaii in May of 2013.  She last spoke to her mother on Aug. 29 saying she was going to Waimanu Valley and would be out of touch for five days.

On Sept. 7, Morell's mother received a concerning text from an unknown telephone number saying that Morell will be in Waimanu Valley for 2-to-4-weeks/years, according to police. 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 approximately 5-feet-3-inches-tall, approximately 150 lbs with blue eyes, long strawberry blonde straight hair and wears glasses. She also wears a straw hat.

Morell has a tattoo of a vine with leaves from her knee to ankle on her left outer side of her leg and a cross shape scar on her chest.  Morell has a 2001 white Chrysler Sebring, 4-door sedan bearing license plate HAN 343 that is registered to her.

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.


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