Big Island Police Searching for Missing 35-Year-Old Woman

9/19/13 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 35-year-old Claudette Morel of Kapaʻau, who was reported missing.  She was found unharmed Thursday morning (September 19) in Honokaʻa.

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Kapaau woman who was reported missing.


Claudette Morell

35-year-old Claudette Morell moved to Hawai´i in May of 2013. She last spoke to her mother on August 29, 2013 saying she was going to Waimanu Valley and would be out of touch for 5 days. On September 07, 2013, Morell’s mother received a concerning text from an unknown telephone number saying that Morell will be in Waimanu Valley for 2 to 4 weeks/years. Morell’s mother called the phone number and spoke with an unidentified male who informed her that Morell was in Waimanu Valley with Heather and Jake.

Morell is described as a Caucasian female; approximately 5’3” tall, approximately 150 lbs, blue eyes, long strawberry blonde straight hair and wears glasses. And also wears a straw hat. She has a tattoo of a vine with leaves from her knee to ankle on her left outer side of her leg and a cross shape scar on her chest. Morell has a 2001 white Chrysler Sebring, 4 door sedan bearing license plate, HAN 343 that is registered to her.

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.