Carly "Charli" Scott
Maui Police Department/AP
02/20/2014 at 06:20 PM EST
Although he denies wrongdoing, Steven Capobianco guessed it was "undeniable" he would become the prime suspect in the nearly two-week-old disappearance
of his ex-girlfriend, Carly "Charli" Scott, who's pregnant with his child.
Now, Maui police are finally revealing what they think of Capobianco. After interviewing him, they have officially called him a person of interest, though they're still asking the public for help in finding the 27-year-old Scott.
"We encourage the community, the public, to call with any information they have no matter how minute or how small they believe it is because we'll follow up on every lead or tip," police Capt. John Jakubczak told a news conference Tuesday.
The next day, Scott's family did not schedule a search party for the first time since her disappearance, saying they wanted to reassess how they would move forward.
"It's impossible to describe my emotions," her mother Kimberlyn told reporters Wednesday, according to KGMB-TV
. "I'm terrified we won't find Charli and I'm terrified we will."
A family member last saw Scott on Feb. 9 at her sister's home in Haiku, in northeast Maui. Her burned 1997 Toyota 4Runner was later found in Haiku's Peahi area.
Capobianco told a TV station that Scott had been driving behind him that night on the narrow, winding Hana Highway, but that he lost sight of her vehicle. He figured she had arrived safely at her destination and didn't know anything was wrong until police contacted him, he said.
Capobianco said police administered a lie-detector test, which he was told he failed. But he insisted he "absolutely" did not hurt Scott.