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Grisly body part find in missing Maui woman case



By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and OSKAR GARCIA

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The discovery of the jawbone of a missing, pregnant Maui woman helped authorities file a murder charge against her ex-boyfriend, a person familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

The find marked a turning point in what started as a missing persons case involving Carly Scott, 27, who disappeared in February while five months pregnant.

Police later began investigating her disappearance as a homicide.

Then last week, a grand jury indicted Steven Capobianco, 24, on charges of murder and arson.

The person, who was not authorized to discuss the case, declined to reveal exactly how authorities linked the jawbone to Capobianco, the father of Scott's child.

He is accused of killing Scott and burning her sport utility vehicle to cover up the crime. The Makawao woman's burned 1997 Toyota 4Runner was found on the island's north shore.

An indictment says Capobianco intentionally or knowingly caused Scott's death "in an especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel manner, manifesting exceptional depravity" during the period from Feb. 9 to Feb. 13.

During that period, he also set fire to Scott's property, the indictment said.

Capobianco has pleaded not guilty. Shelly Miyashiro, the public defender who represented him at his arraignment, didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.

The person said when maggot-infested clothes belonging to Scott were found, it became clear she was dead.

Jeff Simon, co-founder of Maui Search and Rescue, the volunteer organization that directed the search, said police found human remains at a site where searchers and Scott's half-sister found a skirt, shirt and bra she identified as belonging to her sister.

"At that point, we stopped and got in touch with the Maui Police Department," Simon said.

Searchers were led to the site because of a tracking system in Scott's phone that pinged her last location. It was in a jungle area between two small bays along Hana Highway, a popular tourist drive along Maui's east coast.

Early in the search for the missing redhead, Capobianco told Hawaii News Now that he had nothing to do with hurting Carly Scott, who went by the nickname Charli.

He said she had picked him up the night before her family reported her missing and drove him to a site where his truck had broken down. After he fixed the truck, she drove behind him but he eventually lost sight of her and figured she made it safely to her destination, he said.

Scott's mother, Kimberlyn Scott, said she was confident that Capobianco killed her daughter but declined to discuss specifics of the case.

"I'm confident that we're doing the right thing, I'm confident that we have the right person," she said Wednesday.

Kimberlyn Scott said her next priority is to find her daughter's body. She also wants to push for state legislation to make killing a fetus a crime, and highlight other missing persons cases in Maui and around the country to spur action.

Hawaii law doesn't consider a fetus a person for purposes of homicide charges.

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Linda July 17 2014 at 7:06 AM

He killed two people.....simple as that. Hope they hang his rotten bum high!

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IBruzEZ July 17 2014 at 7:16 AM

Not the first person to kill his unborn child and it's mother to prevent having to pay child support. What a piece of crap this is.!

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Suzanne IBruzEZ July 17 2014 at 5:49 PM

Agreed. She was an "inconvenient" woman to this guy.

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r428921 July 17 2014 at 4:23 AM

it's crimes like this that make me wish we had a death penalty.

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chuck July 17 2014 at 8:32 AM

make him swim from island to island with a 300 lb anchor!

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chamadea chuck July 17 2014 at 6:49 PM

Creative! I like it.

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sirwilhelm July 17 2014 at 6:56 AM

Well, if you made killing a fetus a crime, that would make abortion a crime too, wouldn't it? But, when this guy murdered his pregnant girl friend, he murdered her fetus too, didn't he? Voila! Her mother concluded the obvious! Killing a fetus is murder too! Which means, abortion is murder, and murder is a crime! If you don't agree, ask yourself, where would you be, if your mother had decided to abort you?

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TripleXKimberly July 17 2014 at 7:33 AM

POS! He deserves the Death Penalty and nothing less. The one thing I would like to know is why didn't they look into the Tracking Device on Scott's Phone Sooner then they did?. They could have possibly found her sooner by doing that. At any rate, I am glad she was found and can be laid to rest. RIP.

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contactjohn July 17 2014 at 5:26 AM

Weak little maggot.
Send him to the Pen and let the animals in there use him as a sex toy, then cut his heart out while he is still alive...

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dollibug July 17 2014 at 8:09 AM

NO person has any right to kill another person...It is sad that a father would kill a woman and a child as well. He deserves to pay for what he did.

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hark4109 July 17 2014 at 8:08 AM

What a scum bag this jerk is, He needs to HANG from a tree in view of the people

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silkroadg July 17 2014 at 11:11 AM

Hey wait a silly minute!!! I'll bet you dollars to donuts that HAG HILLARY can get him off the hook just like she did when she was young. She had much fewer chins then, but the same venom as the BLACK WIDOW that she is now!!!

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