She was beautiful, charismatic and a ball of energy. This is one of the reasons why no one could figure out why or how 27-year-old Carly “Charli” Scott would vanish without a trace, especially because she was pregnant.
Now investigators believe they know who is responsible for Charli’s disappearance and alleged murder and it was someone she knew well. According to published reports, police believe Charli’s ex-boyfriend, 24-year-old Steven Capobianco, was the sole person involved.
Maui Now reports Capobianco is indicted for second-degree murder and third-degree arson. Capobianco was already behind bars for unrelated charges and the grand jury sent down the indictment on July 11.
Carly’s body has not been found.
On February 9, police in Maui, HI were contacted and pulled into an active and very bizarre missing person investigation.
Carly, known to friends and family as “Charli” was five months pregnant when she disappeared. What investigators didn’t know at the time would be the days ahead would turn over an array of clues, but none would lead them to the missing mom-to-be.
Crime Feed has been in touch with the Maui Police department and according to one of their press releases only three days after Charli vanished her SUV Toyota 4-Runner was found. It had been set on fire, stripped and turned over. The wheels were missing and nothing could be saved from the inside.
Hawaii News now reports Charli’s clothes, blanket and a slashed bra were found along Hana Highway near Keanae. Although the items were “filled with maggots” they were collected and stored. In addition, the same article says there was duct tape found along with a human tooth and bone.
Only 24 hours after that discovery, according to police, more evidence was found in the Haiku area. A person who was in a private search party found the evidence and contacted investigators.
Although investigators and volunteers continued to search, at some point, the investigation turned from a missing person case – to an active homicide investigation. In early March, Maui Police said they believe Charli was murdered, but they didn’t have a body – and they didn’t arrest a suspect.
Here’s what police know about where she was in the hours before she vanished.
According to Hawaii News Now, Charli was contacted by the father of her unborn child. A guy by the name of Steven Capobianco. He allegedly called Charli and said he was having car trouble.
Steven told the publication Charli, “(She) picked me up from my house at 8:30, drove out to my truck that I got stuck in Keanae and she dropped me off at my truck — it took me about 10 minutes to fix my truck, ’cause I had extra light tools with me at that time. And then we came back to Haiku. And I’m pretty sure I saw her lights in my rearview the entire time. I’m absolutely certain I saw her headlights in my rearview mirror until I got to Twin Falls and then I started speeding up ’cause I drive a little faster than she does.”
From that point, Capobianco claims he does not know what happened to Charli. He admits in the interview he failed a polygraph, but insists he was very corporative with police from the beginning and answering any questions they had.
Since that time, Capobianco has been arrested two times on unrelated theft charges.
Police have said, according to Maui Now, Capobianco is a person of interest, but he is not a suspect in her disappearance.
Read more: Maui Now