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Lehua Kalua, The adoptive parents of Isabella “Ariel” Kalua, “the 6-year-old girl who went missing in September, has been arrested and charged with her murder.
On Wednesday, the Honolulu Police Department revealed during a news conference that Isaac and Lehua Kalua have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of their adopted daughter – who they initially reported missing. Lehua and Isaac’s attorney, William Harrison, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Lehua Kalua’s age is unknown.
Charged & Arrested
Isaac and Lehua Kalua have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of their adopted daughter, Isabella “Ariel” Kalua.
The adoptive parents of Isabella “Ariel” Kalua “, the 6-year-old girl who disappeared in September, were arrested and charged with her murder.
On Wednesday, the Honolulu Police Department revealed during a press conference that Isaac and Lehua Kalua have been charged with second-degree murder for the death of their adopted daughter, whom they initially reported missing. Lehua and Isaac’s attorney, William Harrison, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
“We believe Ariel was murdered by her adoptive parents in August 2021, and it was approximately four weeks later that we received the missing person report in September,” Honolulu Police Major Ben Moszkowicz said during the conference.
Acting Honolulu Police Chief Rade Vanic added: “Unfortunately, what began as the search for a missing girl turned into a murder investigation focused on the Kaluas. While we cannot discuss the details at this time, We believe the evidence leads to the Kaluas and no one else. ”
Arrest records show that Isaac and Lehua were arrested at approximately 7:10 a.m. local time on Wednesday. Moszkowicz said during the news conference that investigators searched both the Kalua family home and the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, where Isaac works, for evidence of Ariel’s murder.
Police also said during the press conference that the investigation was ongoing and that Ariel’s cause of death remains under investigation. Lieutenant Deena Thoemmes confirmed during the conference that it was “foul play”. Moszkowicz said the girl’s remains “have not yet been recovered.”
When PEOPLE requested comment, the Honolulu Police Department did not respond at the time of publication.
The search for Ariel began after her parents reported her missing on September 13, PEOPLE previously reported. The FBI was called in to assist with the search on September 17, and search efforts were suspended on September 21.
Ariel had been living with Sonny and Lehua as her adoptive parents before the couple adopted her last year, the Star-Advertiser reported.
In an update posted on the Honolulu Police Department website, authorities asked the public to call CrimeStoppers (955-8300) with any information about the case or to submit anonymous suggestions to www.honolulucrimestoppers.org or via the P3 Tips app.