KHON-TV reports a judge made the ruling in probate court Thursday, July 27, and officially declared Isabella Kalua deceased, saying she likely died some time around Aug. 18, 2021.
Isabella was reported missing to the Honolulu Police Department Sept. 13, 2021, after she was reportedly last seen in her bed the night before. Law enforcement officials and family searched for Isabella, but all the searches came up empty.
In November 2021, Honolulu Police arrested Isabella's adoptive parents, Isaac and Lehuna Kalua, for second-degree murder. Court records show they both face charges of murder, hindering prosecution, and multiple counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. Lehuna is also being charged with child abuse.