Police look for missing woman


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

Claudette Morell, 35, moved to Hawaii in May. She last spoke to her mother Aug. 29, saying she was going to Waimanu Valley and would be out of touch for five days. On Sept. 7, Morell’s mother received a concerning text from an unknown telephone number saying that Morell will be in Waimanu Valley for two to four weeks or 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-feet 3-inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds, with blue eyes, long strawberry blond straight hair and wearing glasses. She also often wears a straw hat. She has a tattoo of a vine with leaves from her knee to ankle on the left outer side of her leg and a cross shape scar on her chest. Morell has a 2001 white Chrysler Sebring, four-door sedan with the 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.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary people 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.