Hawaii Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Mitchell Kanehailua
September 26, 2008
Report No. C08028926
Media Release (update – revised)
On Friday (October 10) Hawaii County police, acting on a tip from a local Fisherman, located a four-door sedan with extensive damage at the bottom of a 120-foot cliff in Hakalau on the Hilo side of the old mill site.
Fire Rescue personnel rappelled down the cliff, but due to hazardous wave conditions in the area, could not locate anyone in the vehicle. Police suspected that the vehicle might be a blue 1995 Chevy Corsica 4-door sedan last operated by Marlo Moku, who was reported missing on September 23.
A check was done of the immediate area around the site using a Fire Department helicopter but no one could be located. Detectives also combed the area for further evidence using the Police Department’s scent discriminating canine trained in both live person and cadaver scent capabilities. On Saturday, (October 11) using a Huey Helicopter owned by a Maui company, the car was recovered from its location at the bottom of the cliff. It was hauled to the top of the cliff for inspection by detectives. Fire rescue personnel used cutting tools to access the trunk and passenger compartment.
No one was found in the vehicle. A check on the Vehicle Identification Number revealed the registered owner to be Marlo K. Moku.
The vehicle was towed back to the Hilo police station for further evidence processing.
Moku remains missing. Police are continuing their investigation into her disappearance.
Moku suffers from a medical condition that requires periodic medication.
Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call Detective Norbert Serrao 961-2383 or 935-3311.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.