Cadaver dogs brought in to assist in search for missing Maui woman

Missing since 2014: Moreira Monsalve

The search for a Maui woman who went missing more than three years ago is getting some extra help.

Moreira “Mo” Monsalve, 46, was last seen on Jan. 12, 2014, in a Wailuku townhouse she once shared with her ex-boyfriend.

A few days later, her pink Coach purse was found in a dumpster at Papohaku Park, which is walking distance from the townhouse.

Family, friends, and even complete strangers went looking for her in Upcountry Maui in the days and weeks that followed.

Now, cadaver dogs with a California search-and-rescue team have been flown in to aid in the search, thanks to funding and donations.

Alexis Felicilda, one of Monsalve’s three children, says years have gone by, but she hasn’t given up hope that they’ll find her.

“It’s an ongoing investigation, so we can’t share too much, but I want people to know that we’re never not searching and we’re never not looking, and we’re never going to give up on finding her,” she said. “My mother, everything she did in her life was for her kids. There’s no way that she would leave of her own free will and abandon her family and her kids and her friends and everybody that she cared and loved.”

The dogs will only be in town for five days. While they are here, Felicilda says they will also be assisting other missing persons cases.

Laura Vogel went camping near the birthing pools in Haiku on Feb. 21, 2010. Her van and belongings were recovered, but the 43-year-old was never seen again.

Whatever the canine search team finds will be handed over to police.

Police have not made any arrests in Monsalve’s disappearance.

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