Where is Isabella Kalua? Hawaiian girl, 6, missing after parents put her to bed
'I just want whoever has her to bring my baby back home,' her biological mother pleaded amid failed community searches for Isabella Kalua
The FBI is now involved in the mysterious disappearance case of a 6-year-old girl from Oahu, Hawaii, who was last seen in her bedroom by her adoptive parents. Isabella 'Ariel' Kalua, who stays with her adoptive family in Waimanalo, was last seen on Sunday, September 12, when her parents put her to bed. She was reported missing the following day. Hundreds of volunteers have been scouring the local neighborhoods for days in search of her but there is no sign of the child yet. Meanwhile, Interim Police Chief Rade Vanic said on September 15 that the investigators are yet to determine whether the case can be considered an abduction due to lack of sufficient evidence. "We are hoping she isn’t in immediate danger,” he added.
The disappearance case of 22-year-old Gabby Petito from Moab, Utah has rattled the country this week, after her fiance Brian Laundrie refused to cooperate with the police regarding her whereabouts. Meanwhile, Isabella's disappearance in Hawaii is continuing to gain more traction in the national media, as days are passing without any sign of the little girl. Honolulu police are yet to brief the media on the progress of the investigation if any. With the involvement of FBI Honolulu, the case has grown more serious as the girl's biological family desperately awaits her return.
On September 13, FBI Honolulu shared a photo of the child along with the necessary details, seeking leads from the community members. "Help find Isabella! CrimeStoppers and @honolulupolice are seeking the public's assistance in locating Isabella Kalua. If you have seen Isabella or have info about the incident please call 955-8300. Anonymous web tips will be taken at http://honolulucrimestoppers.org. #ProtectOurKeiki," the tweet read.
Help find Isabella! CrimeStoppers and @honolulupolice are seeking the public's assistance in locating Isabella Kalua. If you have seen Isabella or have info about the incident please call 955-8300. Anonymous web tips will be taken at https://t.co/pKkpBQqyCv. #ProtectOurKeiki pic.twitter.com/esuFfPqmYp— FBI Honolulu (@FBIHonolulu) September 13, 2021
According to insider sources, the girl was pulled out of public school earlier this year and was being home-schooled. Her adoptive family has not divulged many details to the media, as they asserted that they were "told not to talk to investigators."
Meanwhile, the girl's biological mother Melanie Joseph has been coordinating efforts to organize searches. "I’m thankful everyone is here to help. I just want whoever has her to bring my baby back home," she pleaded while thanking the civil volunteers. Isabella's biological aunt Alena Kaeo said, "I’m very candid. I don’t sugarcoat nothing. Regardless of what the outcome is, we just want to bring her home for some kind of closure."
However, despite frantic searches through days and nights, no traces of the girl have been found. Volunteers are even tying purple ribbons around the trees to foolproof the search missions. No Amber Alert was issued in searching for the girl since the criteria of abduction is yet to be confirmed.