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 mother of three was last seen leaving Brown’s home in Wailuku on January 12, Maui police said. Several days later, her purse was found in a dumpster at the nearby Wailuku Community Center.
Her body was never found.
Family and neighbors had told Hawaii News Now that Brown was abusive and local authorities had long considered him a person of interest in the case.
He left Hawaii in early February 2014.
The case surrounding Monsalve’s disappearance was featured in Dateline NBC’s “Missing in America” series.
Her daughter, Alexis Felicilda, said she’d been waiting for Brown’s arrest for a long time.
“This man has changed my life,” she added.