Maui police confirm torched car belongs to missing woman

The search continues for a missing pregnant woman on Maui.

Carly Scott, 27, was last seen Sunday night at her sister’s house in Haiku. Later that night, her family says she went to help a friend in Hana, who saw her lights behind him at one point, before they disappeared.

On Monday morning, her dog, Nala, was found alive and well in Nahiku.

Then at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, her vehicle was found torched at a surf spot known as “Jaws.”

Her stepfather says the vehicle was found in pineapple fields off Peahi Road.

The vehicle is a shell of its former self — a silver Toyota 4Runner.

But even though it apparently had been set ablaze, police were able to match the vehicle’s identification number with Scott’s registration information.

On Thursday morning, patrol officers, with the help of police trained especially in search and rescue, combed the area where Scott’s car was found.

There are a number of junked cars in this isolated area near the “Jaws” surf site.

“Work your areas in teams of four. When you’re done, come back to base,” Scott’s stepfather John Pipkin said.

Pipkin organized about 50 people who came out to search for any trace of Scott.

“We need any and all information large or small. We need to gather it up,” Pipkin said.

“She could be incapacitated, tied down to the side of the road. So we’re working with dogs and air support to find her,” Pipkin said.

His search was to cover the ground between Huelo to Paia along the Hana Highway.

Those who barely know Scott and those who are among her good friends, like Lydia Gaines, came to help.

“She’s a wonderful person, she takes care of everyone. And this is not like anything she would do,” Gaines said. “When we see her again, I’m gonna give her a big hug.”

The search started near the Door of Faith Church in Huelo. These people are holding on to their faith and their hope that they will find Scott alive.

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