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HI MOREIRA "MO" MONSALVE: Missing from Maui, HI - 12 January 2014 - Age 46 *ARREST*

Discussion in 'Missing 2010 to 2014' started by Kimster, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Moreira "Mo" Monsalve was last seen by her ex-boyfriend, Bernard Brown, on January 12, 2014, just two days before her daughter Alexis reported the then 46-year-old missing. After she disappeared, Mo's belongings were found in a dumpster behind the Wailuku Community Center near her home in Maui, Hawaii. Police have indicated they suspect foul play and consider Brown a person of interest in the case, although he has not been officially named a suspect in Mo's disappearance. Family and friends continue to spread awareness about Mo's case by holding memorials in her honor and posting her story on social media channels. If you have any information, please contact the Maui Police Department at (808) 244-6400.


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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    'Mo' Monsalve still missing on Maui 2 years after her disappearance

    A crowd gathered for a candlelight vigil in Wailuku Tuesday night to mark the second anniversary of the disappearance of a Maui mother.

    Moreira Monsalve was last known to be with her ex-boyfriend, Bernard Brown, who is considered a person of interest in her disappearance.

    "I know for a fact the case has not gone cold. There are still interviewing people and talking to people even though it's now two years later," she said.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    After 3 years, family of missing Maui mother still desperate for answers

    Nearly three years after Moreira "Mo" Monsalve's disappearance, her family is still searching for answers. The mother of three was last seen on January 12, 2014 at the Wailuku home of her ex-boyfriend. Her purse and other belongings were later found in a dumpster.

    "I have hope that we will get justice. I have hope that we will find her. I have hope that we will have closure," said Monsalve's daughter, Alexis Felicilda.

    A spokesman for the Maui Police Department said the case is still being actively investigated with the continued assistance of the FBI. Monsalve's ex-boyfriend, Bernard Brown, is considered a "person of interest." He has moved away and investigators said they have contacted him on the mainland.

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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Yeah, he left within a month. Here's a snip from the article at that time:

    KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

    46-year-old Moreira "Mo" Monsalve has been missing on Maui for nearly a month, and now the last person who saw her – ex-boyfriend Bernard Brown – is also gone. Maui Police questioned Brown and searched his car, but have not named him as a suspect.

    Maui airport sources confirm with Hawaii News Now that Brown caught a flight from Kahului to San Jose on Monday afternoon.

    Neighbors say he cleared out his Wailuku apartment after reportedly being evicted.

    MauiWatch was the first to report Brown was spotted at the airport leaving the state.

    "He was at the airport with all his bags and his cat and he was going to San Jose," described Alexis Felicilda, Monsalve's daughter by phone from Maui, who said she was shocked to learn the news.

    "That first feeling was that kind of punch in the gut, sinking feeling. Are they really just going to let him leave and move away, when she's still not found and not all the questions are answered? It's hard," Felicilda said.

    Legal experts say Brown is well within his rights to leave.

    "In some respects it makes perfect sense, why make yourself a target? You've been identified as no longer a person of interest by the authorities investigating the missing person – so he took the opportunity to leave the state. There's nothing wrong with that," said defense attorney Myles Breiner.

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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Moreira "Mo" Monsalve was last seen on January 12, 2014, at the house of her ex-boyfriend, Bernard Brown. Mo’s daughter, Alexis, reported her mother missing two days later. Several days later, Mo's belongings were found just a few miles from her Maui, Hawaii home in a dumpster behind the Wailuku Community Center. Police have indicated they suspect foul play and consider Brown a person of interest in the case. However, Brown has since left the state. Police say there has never been enough evidence to lead them to name Brown a suspect. Monsalve’s family and friends continue to post on a ‘Mo-watch’ page dedicated to finding their lost loved one and to helping other families of missing persons in Hawaii spread awareness. In November 2017, the Maui Police Department renewed the request for tips in Mo's disappearance in a post on Facebook. They said “despite a lengthy and detailed investigation, Monsalve has not been located.” If you have any information on Mo’s case, please contact Detective Oran Satterfield of the Maui Police Department at (808) 244-6431.

  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    A sunset send-off
    Family to file for death certificate for Moreira ‘Mo’ Monsalve as MPD remains on the case

    As the sun set Saturday over West Maui, it signaled the closing of another chapter in story of Moreira “Mo” Monsalve’s life.

    Monsalve, 46, mother of three, went missing Jan. 12, 2014. She was last seen at her ex-boyfriend’s apartment in Wailuku.

    No notice. No witnesses. No sign of her in five years. Just her purse and personal belongings discovered days later in a trash bin.

    Alexis and her two younger brothers, Lono Felicilda, 28, and Tyson Felicilda, 23, will file for Monsalve’s certificate of death this year, which is procedural for many missing people after five years, and will help with estate legalities such as dealing with bill collectors. Five years with no word from a missing person is the minimum of time that must pass in which to seek a death certificate. After seven years of no word, Social Security automatically declares missing people deceased.

    The Maui Police Department said Friday that the case remains active, and the potential death certificate would have no bearing on their continuing work. Two new detectives were assigned to the case last year to assist lead Detective Oran Satterfield and provide some fresh eyes to what they say is new information gathered through emerging technology.

    For now, though, everyone aboard the boat Saturday seemed focused on the loved one — not the case. Many described Monsalve as caring and sacrificial. They were laughing, crying, hugging, reflecting, celebrating and sharing stories, much the Viking, out-of-the-box ceremony that Monsalve would’ve enjoyed had she been there.


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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    BREAKING: Arrest Made in Mo Monsalve Case

    The Maui Police Department announced this afternoon that the former boyfriend of Moriera “Mo” Monsalve was arrested in California today.

    The FBI Violent Offenders Task Force and the Sacramento Police Department arrested Bernard Brown in Sacramento for 2nd degree murder. Monsalve has been missing since Jan. 12, 2014.

    According to a Maui County press release, a Maui grand jury indicted Brown for the murder of Monsalve today, Sept. 20, 2019. Brown’s bail has been set at $1,000,000.

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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Ex-boyfriend charged with murder of Hawaii mom who disappeared in 2014

    A grand jury indicted a California man for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend last week — five years after she disappeared in her native Hawaii.

    Bernard Brown will be extradited from Sacramento to the island of Maui to face charges in the murder of 46-year-old Moreira “Mo” Monsalve, who was reported missing by her daughter on January 14, 2014, authorities said.

    The FBI Violent Crime Task Force and the Sacramento Police Department took Brown into custody on Friday, after the grand jury indictment on the murder charge.

    Following a hearing in Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday, Hawaii authorities have 30 days to come retrieve Brown from the local jail, the Sacramento Bee reported.

    Her daughter, Alexis Felicilda, said she’d been waiting for Brown’s arrest for a long time.

    “I’m shocked that after five years, we got this done,” she told KHNL. “Of course there’s anger, too. I’m angry that he felt he had the right to end my mother’s life.”

    “This man has changed my life,” she added.

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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Monsalve murder defendant enters not guilty plea Thursday

    The daughter of a woman reported missing more than five years ago said she wanted justice for her mother, after her mother’s ex-boyfriend was arraigned Thursday on a charge alleging he murdered her.

    Bernard Brown, 48, pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charge when he appeared in 2nd Circuit Court.

    An indictment returned Sept. 20 by a Maui County grand jury alleges he caused the death of Moreira “Mo” Monsalve on Jan. 12 to 13, 2014.

    Maui Police Department detectives brought Brown back to Maui on Wednesday after he had waived his right to have an extradition hearing.

    Bail for Brown was set at $1 million.

    A Dec. 2 trial was set for Brown.

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