On Monday, Sept. 20, Honolulu Police suspended the search for Isabella Kalua, a 6-year-old Hawaiian girl who went missing from her Waimanalo home Sept. 12, for undisclosed reasons as the public and her family continue to wonder what happened.
Isabella Kalua was last seen on Sept. 12 around 9 p.m. asleep in her bedroom inside her Waimanalo, Hawaii home on Puha Street, the Honolulu Police Department said.
She is a Caucasian/mixed 6-year-old girl tragically missing for nine days now. She is 3 feet and 3 inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes, weighing 46 pounds. She was last seen in a black hoodie, black leggings, and Nike slides with pink bottoms.
Anyone with information on what happened or Isabella’s whereabouts is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, submit a tip to the CrimeStoppers site, or contribute information via the P3 app, department spokesperson Michelle Yu told the media.
Despite the search being halted, a spokesperson for the Honolulu Police Department told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that detectives will continue to follow up on any leads. They are still seeking the public’s assistance, and the investigation is still ongoing, the spokesperson said.
Family spokesperson William Harrison said that sometimes the child would leave the house to try to sleep in the yard. The home’s electronic locks confirm 6-year-old Kalua left the home that night. The family is cooperating with the investigation. Kalua, born Arielle Sellers, was searched for by hundreds of volunteers and multiple agencies. Her biological parents are also contributing to the investigation, participating in the week-long search.
Sonny Kalua (Isaac K. Kalua, III) and Lehua Kalua, Isabella’s adoptive parents, said they believe the child may have wandered off. What happened after that and where she is now are unclear. The family immediately called Honolulu Police when they awoke around 6:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13 to find her no longer in the house.
Family spokesperson and criminal defense attorney William Harrison says the family has been receiving death threats. He has instructed the family not to engage with social media, the news media. Acting as a family counselor, Harrison has also advised the Kaluas not to participate in the search.
Prior to the Honolulu Police Department halting the search for Isabella, the family gladly allowed police to search the house.
A candlelight vigil for the 6-year-old girl was held on Sunday at Waimanalo District Park, where grieving friends, family, and strangers gathered and expressed their hope for finding the child. At the vigil, friends and family prayed for her safe return and answers to what happened.
“We’re so connected, Waimanalo and Nanakuli and the west side of Oahu, that we wanted to shine the beacon of light to Waimanalo and let them know that we stand with them even though we’re separated by mountain ranges,” community member Darius Kila told KOHN2, expressing his support.
“I’m grateful that folks up and down the coast and across the island are coming this evening and just showing their support,” Kila continued.
Amanda Leonard of the Missing Child Center Hawaii of the Department of the Attorney General said that the Attorney’s Office may be working up to 40 missing child cases at a time on most occasions.
“I often say time is the enemy, because you have to understand that the folks responding to a missing child incident, especially a critically missing child incident are running against the clock,” Leonard told the media. “So it’s imperative that all resources are being utilized in real-time…”
“We all continue to support the responders in these matters as much as possible,” Leonard said of the investigation.
Anyone with information about Isabella Kalua’s whereabouts is asked to call 955-8300 or contact their local authorities.