Honolulu Police Suspend Search for Missing 6-Year-Old Isabella Kalua
The search for missing 6-year-old Isabella Kalua was suspended Monday by the Honolulu Police Department.
A spokeswoman for the department said the investigation into Waimanalo’s daughter’s disappearance remains active and detectives will continue to follow the leads.
Department spokeswoman Michelle Yu said anyone with information about the case should contact HPD or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300. The public can also submit anonymous web tips to honolulucrime stoppers.org or through the P3 Tips app.
The girl was last seen asleep in her bedroom at her Puha Street address in Waimanalo on Sunday, September 12 at around 9 p.m., police said.
Isabella’s adoptive parents, Isaac K. “Sonny” Kalua III and his wife, Lehua, said they believed that Isabella may have been kidnapped or simply misplaced, according to family spokesperson William. Harrison, who said police were called immediately at 6 a.m. Monday when the couple woke up to find her gone. They also allowed the police to search the house.
Harrison, a criminal defense attorney, said the child used to go out at night to sleep in the yard and the electronic door locks in the house confirmed when she had left the house. He said he was acting as an advisor and advised them not to research Isabella, talk to the media or engage on social media because they were receiving death threats and didn’t want their words are distorted.
Child welfare services are investigating two serious injuries that Isabella has suffered in the past two years, Hawaii News Now reported Monday evening. The first injury was a broken finger in October 2019, which her adoptive family said was slammed in a door, HNN reported. In January 2020, she suffered a broken leg and was taken to the emergency room, the TV channel reported. The family said the girl was injured on a trampoline, according to HNN.
In both cases, a panel of experts determined that there had been no ill-treatment, the TV station reported.
Meanwhile, her biological family has been organizing a search since the girl, named Ariel Sellers at birth, went missing. Hundreds of volunteers searched for the girl in coordination with the Honolulu Police and Fire Department and multiple state and federal partners.
At a candlelight vigil held at the Waimanalo District Park on Sunday, the family announced that they would no longer help coordinate the search for volunteers for the young girl.
A family spokesperson said the search would continue but not in the park, which also served as a command post for police and other authorities.
Another family member at the vigil encouraged the community, “Leave a light on for Isabella.”