Fears grow for missing Hawaii girl, 6, whose adoptive parents say they last saw her Sunday night


Hundreds of volunteers are combing a region on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in search of a six-year-old girl whose parents last saw her when they put her to bed on Sunday night.

As of Wednesday, Honolulu Interim Police Chief Rade Vanic said that the department ‘[doesn’t] have sufficient evidence’ to show that Isabella ‘Ariel’ Kula has ben abducted, according to Hawaii News Now.

‘We’re hoping she’s not in immediate danger,’ he told the outlet.

Isabella’s adoptive family reported her missing on Monday morning, Vanic said – an AMBER alert has not yet been issued because the criterion for abduction ‘was not met.’

The adoptive family told KHON 2 on Monday that they were ‘told not to talk to investigators,’ and did not proffer further details. The six-year-old was pulled out of public school to be homeschooled this year, sources told Hawaii News Now 

As of Wednesday, Waimanalo Interim Police Chief Rade Vanic said that the department ‘[doesn’t] have sufficient evidence’ to show that Isabella ‘Ariel’ Kula has ben abducted, according to Hawaii News Now

Isabella's adoptive parents reported her missing on Monday, and said that they last saw her when they put her to bed on Sunday night at their Waimanalo home (pictured). The adoptive family told outlets on Monday that they were 'told not to talk to investigators,' and did not proffer further details

Isabella’s adoptive parents reported her missing on Monday, and said that they last saw her when they put her to bed on Sunday night at their Waimanalo home (pictured). The adoptive family told outlets on Monday that they were ‘told not to talk to investigators,’ and did not proffer further details

Isabella stands at 3-foot-3, weighs 46 pounds and was wearing a black hoodie, leggings, colorful socks and Nike slides with pink bottoms when she was last seen

Isabella stands at 3-foot-3, weighs 46 pounds and was wearing a black hoodie, leggings, colorful socks and Nike slides with pink bottoms when she was last seen

Despite hundreds of volunteers searching the community, tying purple ribbons around trees to indicate that those areas have already been covered, the child still has not been found after three days.

‘I’m thankful everyone is here to help,’ Melanie Joseph, Isabella’s biological mom, told volunteers converging at Waimanalo’s District Park after a fruitless day of searching on Wednesday. ‘I just want whoever has her to bring my baby back home.’

The FBI announced Wednesday that they would join in search efforts. 

‘She’s not a wanderer, so this is very surprising me to us, out of character,’ Isabella’s biological aunt, Jamie Kumai, told KHON 2. 

‘The truth will come out, and it will come out soon because the heat is hot in Waimanalo, and it’s hot and we’re coming.’

Kumai said she flew in from Maui to join the search when she heard her niece had gone missing, according to KHON 2. 

Despite hundreds of volunteers searching the community, tying purple ribbons around trees to indicate that those areas have already been covered, the child still has not been found after three days

Despite hundreds of volunteers searching the community, tying purple ribbons around trees to indicate that those areas have already been covered, the child still has not been found after three days

'I don’t know the family but as a mother I know how Hawaii is,” said another parent, Shonna Hammoan, to KHON 2. 'The community always surrounds each other. So I have a 17-year-old and a 21-year-old daughter. I know people would come out and help. So I was compelled to come out and search for her today'

‘I don’t know the family but as a mother I know how Hawaii is,” said another parent, Shonna Hammoan, to KHON 2. ‘The community always surrounds each other. So I have a 17-year-old and a 21-year-old daughter. I know people would come out and help. So I was compelled to come out and search for her today’

The adoptive family told KHON 2 on Monday that they were 'told not to talk to investigators,' and did not proffer further details. The six-year-old was pulled out of public school to be homeschooled this year, sources told Hawaii News Now

The adoptive family told KHON 2 on Monday that they were ‘told not to talk to investigators,’ and did not proffer further details. The six-year-old was pulled out of public school to be homeschooled this year, sources told Hawaii News Now

‘We’re still trying to keep positive and have faith during this time – we’re not giving up hope and we don’t want to think of the worst,’ Kumai said.

Volunteers hung signs throughout the Waimanola community as they searched for the missing six-year-old girl

Volunteers hung signs throughout the Waimanola community as they searched for the missing six-year-old girl

Other volunteers and family members are less optimistic, but still vigilant in their search.

‘I’m very candid. I don’t sugarcoat nothing,’ said Alena Kaeo, one of Isabella’s biological aunts, to Hawaii News Now on Wednesday. 

‘Regardless of what the outcome is, we just want to bring her home for some kind of closure.’

Area police are asking residents to check places small enough for a small child to hide, and their security footage if they have it.

The girl stands at 3-foot-3, weighs 46 pounds and was wearing a black hoodie, leggings, colorful socks and Nike slides with pink bottoms when she was last seen. 

Volunteers Blake and Ashley Caporoz of Makaha joined the search party Wednesday, although they don’t know Isabella or her family.

‘We have a 6-year-old and we would want community help from the other side as well,’ Blake Caporoz said to Hawaii News Now.

‘I don’t know the family but as a mother I know how Hawaii is,” said another parent, Shonna Hammoan, to KHON 2.

‘The community always surrounds each other. So I have a 17-year-old and a 21-year-old daughter. I know people would come out and help. So I was compelled to come out and search for her today.’



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