Woman disappears after leaving for camping trip
POSTED: February 24, 2010 Save | Print | Email
Police are looking for a 43-year-old woman who was reported missing Monday after she had planned to spend Sunday night camping in the Pauwela area.
Laura Vogel is described as Caucasian, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.
According to her friend, Lulu Agan, Vogel was wearing dark gray sweatpants and a dusky blue T-shirt when she was last seen leaving a friend's house Upcountry at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Vogel was last heard from when she sent a text message at 8:20 p.m. Sunday.
When police recovered her van along the cliff line near Pauwela lighthouse Monday morning, her wallet and mobile phone were missing.
Vogel, an avid surfer and hiker, had been living on Maui for about six months and working as a self-employed tutor, Agan said. She said Vogel planned to spend Sunday night camping alone in her van.
A friend called police to report Vogel missing after she missed a tutoring session Monday morning and friends couldn't reach her.
Anyone who has seen Vogel or who has information about her whereabouts is asked to call the police Criminal Investigation Division at 244-6425 during regular business hours or 244-6400 during nonbusiness hours.
Friends are organizing a land search for Vogel. Anyone who wants to help can call Agan at 633-6707.
Last edited by summer_breeze; 05-07-2012 at 11:19 AM.
February 25, 2010 5:24 PM
Laura Vogel, Missing in Maui: Avid Surfer, Camper, Disappears on Solo Camping Trip
Posted by Carlin DeGuerin Miller
MAUI, Hawaii (CBS) Laura Vogel, an avid surfer and experienced camper, has gone missing in Hawaii.
Vogel was last heard from Sunday night, Feb. 21. She told a friend she planned to camp alone in the Pauwela area of Maui County, but sent a text saying "I'm camped down the way from birthing pools and meeting all the locals."
I just heard about this case on JVM. Do we have any info about her? Married, family, where she lives, etc.
her van was found w/ keys in it, and no one has heard from her.
Any cell records or bank card usage that we know of?
Last edited by hoppyfrog; 02-26-2010 at 10:42 PM. Reason: not information or support
We speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves
Laura Vogel's Family Says They Continue To Search
POSTED: 6:26 pm HST February 26, 2010
UPDATED: 8:35 pm HST February 26, 2010
HAIKU, HI -- On Friday Maui officials suspended the search for a woman missing on Maui.
Laura Vogel,43, was reported missing Sunday when her vehicle was found abandoned in the area of the Pauwela Lighthouse.
Maui police say the active search for 43-year-old Laura Vogel has been suspended until new evidence is found, but relatives believe "something went desperately wrong."
Vogel, a freelance tutor and avid camper, was last heard from on Feb. 21 when she sent a text message to a friend indicating she was "meeting all the locals" in an area known as the birthing pools in Haiku, in Maui County.
Vogel’s friends found her van near the Pauwela lighthouse on Feb. 22. Her keys were inside, which was not unusual, but her cell phone and wallet were missing, said Lt. John Jakubczak of the Maui Police Department. A day later, the back portion of a cell phone believed to be Vogel’s was found nearby.
Tracking dogs hunted fruitlessly for four days along the coastline, and no evidence of foul play or signs of an accident were found during searches of areas that covered heavy vegetation and rocky cliffs. Now, Jakubczak said, search efforts will remain suspended until there is new information.
“What we’re saying is, it’s very suspicious,” he said. “But again, we’re not listing it as foul play because there’s no evidence of foul play at this moment.”
Jakubczak said two calls were made from Vogel’s phone on the night she vanished, including one to a number not previously called on that line. And, he said, the man to whom the number was registered had not been using the line for nearly 10 years. He said the unidentified man is a "person of interest" in the case.
Snipped from http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,587753,00.html
Scary situation -- especially after reading comment here (seems to be a local ) -- http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2010/02....shtml#addcomm by alexonmaui March 1, 2010 4:44 AM EST
Prayers Laura is found any minute now.
JVM just said she's going to be talking w/ Laura's brother
JVM says investigator says Laura was parked on private property where transients live in cars...investigator said it was unusual for someone camping to park there.
Laura's SIL on the show & brother on the phone......bro. says LE said unusual for people to be there for the nite, but bro. says the view is beautiful & Laura had been there before.
Talking about the last phone call made to the man w/ the gruff voice....brother saying cellphone has provided useful information...people being brought in & being questioned.
Laura's mom saying she thinks LE believes Laura fell from cliff....crying, that she needs closure.
SIL saying they believe foul play involved....LE in full-force investigation...trying to find the people Laura was w/ the nite she disappeared....she'd texted a message she was meeting all the locals.
JVM questioning why anyone would go hiking at nite....transients saying they know absolutely nothing....SIL says transient acting suspiciously.
Judge Marilyn saying they need to get people out there talking to people.
Marc Harrold, LEO, agreeing they need to talk to the transients.
Last edited by Texas Mist; 03-02-2010 at 08:39 PM.
article on CNN about Laura's disappearence:
Last edited by gaia227; 03-04-2010 at 10:28 AM.
'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated'
By Ashley Meeks Sun-News reporter
Posted: 03/04/2010 12:00:00 AM MST
LAS CRUCES - A former girls soccer coach at Mayfield High School has gone missing in Hawaii.
Laura Vogel, 43, a New Mexico State University graduate who left Las Cruces a decade ago for Albuquerque and since moved to Maui to tutor, went missing a week and a half ago. Hawaiian police suspended their search Tuesday when the trail went cold.
Her friends and family are working to keep the search effort alive by hiring a private investigator, said Renee Waskiewicz, a friend in Las Cruces.
Family of Laura Vogel Searches For Answers On Her Disappearance
POSTED: 11:42 am HST March 4, 2010
UPDATED: 12:19 pm HST March 4, 2010
Haiku, Maui -- The family of a missing woman on Maui says they're determined to find out what happened to her, no matter how long it takes.
A candelight vigil was held Wednesday night in the area where Laura Vogel was last heard from on February 21.
Just checking in to see if there is any news on this case. No reports on the media that I have seen for a few days.
Does anyone know if it was found out who it was she was talking to on her cell phone just prior to her disappearance?
We speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves
POSTED: March 5, 2010
On Thursday, police Lt. John Jakubczak of the Criminal Investigation Division said detectives were continuing to investigate by recontacting people who were camped in the area where Vogel reportedly was camping. Police also were making additional checks of a cellular telephone that received calls from Vogel's cell phone the night of Feb. 21.
I'm glad friends and family have hired a PI....I sure hope they find Laura soon.
Vigil held for missing woman from ABQ
Updated: Thursday, 04 Mar 2010, 11:41 PM MST
Published : Thursday, 04 Mar 2010, 11:41 PM MST
* Reporter: Alex Tomlin
* Web Producer: Devon Armijo
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Family and friends held a vigil Thursday night for an Albuquerque woman who vanished almost two weeks ago.
Laura Vogel, 43, loves the outdoors. The teacher recently moved to Hawaii, and was exploring what the islands had to offer.
However, a quick camping trip turned into a long, agonizing wait for her friends and family after she went missing.
“You know where she is Lord and we trust that you will keep her safe," said a friend during the vigil.
POSTED: March 11, 2010
The Maui News - Police are continuing to investigate the disappearance of a 43-year-old woman whose van was found Feb. 22 near the Pauwela lighthouse near Ha‘ikū. While an official search for Laura Vogel was suspended last week, friends and family members have continued to search for her
Divers Plan to Search Waters off Lighthouse Near Where her Van was Found
By EAMON McNIFF
March 12, 2010
A group of volunteer divers on the Hawaiian island of Maui are planning to search today for hiker Laura Vogel, who has been missing for nearly three weeks after telling friends she was going to camp out near a picturesque spot on the islands' north shore.
Laura Vogel Disappeared Feb. 21 On Camping Trip
POSTED: 5:16 pm HST March 12, 2010
The family of a missing woman is offering a $10,000 reward for information that would lead to finding Laura Vogel on Maui.
March 16, 2010 2:27 PM
Laura Vogel Missing: Cops Call Off Search While Family Fears "Foul Play"
Posted by Carlin DeGuerin Miller
MAUI, Hawaii (CBS) Laura Vogel, 43, has been missing for over three weeks after going on a solo camping trip in Maui, and her family is beginning to suspect foul play.
Friends reported Laura, a self-employed tutor, missing on Feb. 22 after she didn't show up for a tutoring session and they failed to reach her. Vogel told a friend she planned to camp alone Feb. 21 and sent a text message to a friend that night saying "I'm camped down the way from birthing pools and meeting all the locals."
That was the last anyone heard from her.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Update from the Maui Police Department
Yesterday the Maui Police released some information regarding the investigation through Laura's brother: "The police have located the owner of the cell phone that was the last number dialed from Laura's phone the night of her disappearance, and this individual has been brought in for questioning. The investigation continues in search of definitive forensic evidence. In addition, the FBI has been and continues to be involved and is providing assistance to the Maui Police department as required.
From the Laura Vogel website
http://findlauravogel.blogspot.com/Texas Equusearch will be flying a professional to Maui from Texas this Friday, March 19, 2010. He will be bringing specialized surveillance technology to aid in the search. Family and friends are also organizing a large ground search of the area for Sunday to follow up on information gathered.
Maui Police Interview Man Called on Laura Vogel's Cell Phone
Jill Kuramoto KITV 4 News Reporter
POSTED: 5:10 pm HST March 19, 2010
UPDATED: 7:46 pm HST March 19, 2010
HAIKU, Hawaii -- Maui police said they have questioned a person of interest in the case of Laura Vogel who disappeared while camping nearly a month ago.
Investigators questioned the man whose cell phone was the last number dialed from Laura Vogel's phone, information gathered from her phone records.
"Right now, he's denying knowledge of Laura Vogel or meeting her or having a conversation with her," said Maui police Lt. John Jakubczak. "He indicated his phone was recently stolen prior to Miss Vogel being reported missing. So we're still looking into that. We're trying to check out his story and we'll continue talking to him."