Items recovered in Hawaii canal could be linked to missing 6-year-old girl

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Hawaii officials have recovered items in a canal area at a military base that may be related to the disappearance of 6-year-old Isabella Kalua, whose adoptive parents said they saw her sleeping in their bed at their home on Sunday night. saw.

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A spokesman for Honolulu Police confirmed Friday that the items included a photo album, but declined to say what the photos showed. Local reports said that the recovered bag contained slippers and toys, which could not be verified.

On Friday, teams from the Honolulu Fire Department were continuing to search the canal area at Bellows Air Force Station – just a few miles from the Kaluua home in Waimaloo.


HPD homicide Lieutenant Dina Thomes said on Friday that the items already discovered needed further testing and that “it is too early to say whether the items are related to this investigation”.

The case has captivated Hawaii and the country, not only with the missing child at its center, but also by the complexities and questions that surround it.

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Isabella, born Ariel Sellers, was fostered and adopted last year by Sonny and Lehua Kalua, who recently back homeschooled her from virtual learning.

The kindergarten’s biological parents lost custody after battling drug abuse. Kalua took Isabella and her three siblings.

However, it has been her biological relatives who have been more visible and vocal since her disappearance. Her adoptive parents have not joined search parties or spoken publicly, and Sonny Kalua’s 2001 assault conviction has raised questions about Isabella’s appointment in the home.

A family friend has hit back at any suspicions of Kalua.

“We all make mistakes in our lives,” said William Harrison, a well-known criminal defense attorney Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “If we have paid our debt to the society, why are we branded with a red letter? Anything done 20 years ago should not affect your life now… We have laws with which you can Can’t discriminate against anyone.”

“Her past has been very bad and that has taken a toll on him,” said Harrison, who has known Kalua for 10 years and told the newspaper that he shares her Christian values. “He’s always been a good person, a good provider to his family… They’re devastated, and I’m upset to see how he’s being attacked by everyone.”

Sonny Kalua told the AP that the family was “instructed by detectives from day one that we should not talk to journalists”.

He and his wife began a home surveillance and allowed a full police search of their home on Monday after reporting Isabella’s disappearance, when they said they found out she wasn’t in bed around 6 a.m. Was.

Since Isabella’s disappearance, hundreds of police and volunteers have been conducting searches in eastern Oahu – some have stopped work or closed businesses to join the search.

A police spokeswoman said Friday that Isabella’s biological mother, Melanie Joseph – who last saw her daughter nearly a year ago – said Friday she believed “something happened”.

The investigation continues.

Credit: / Hawaii

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