FACT CHECK: No, Navy SEALs Did Not Discover 15 Missing Children In Maui

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purports that Navy SEALs have recovered 15 children that went missing in Maui after the fires.

Verdict: False

The caption is inaccurate. This claim stems from satire.

Fact Check:

The Maui Police Department recently updated the number of missing people in Maui to 12 after almost a month since the fire took place, The Daily Mail reported. This number is down from last week’s figure of 22 after releasing its sixth list of names.

The Facebook post claims that Navy SEALs discovered 15 children being held in padlocked cages in a warehouse near Pier 51 in Honolulu Harbor. The post goes on to claim that three guards stood watch outside the warehouse and the Seals used snipers to kill them before they approached the container.

The caption reads in part, “Once inside the warehouse, the SEALs saw the unimaginable: sedated children, some covered in their own urine and feces, locked inside cages barely large enough to fit a dog.”

The claim is inaccurate. There is no credible news report that suggests this incident occurred. The claim stems from an article published in a satirical website called Real Raw News.

Real raw news self identifies as satire in their “about section of the website. The disclaimer they share reads, “This website contains humor, parody, and satire.” (RELATED: No, CNN Did Not Report That Cash App Went Bankrupt)

This article is related to claims about 1,000 children are currently missing in Maui. USA Today reported on these claims that have been made on social media. Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen did say in a video that as school restarts on the island that there are students that failed to arrive, according to Fox. 850 students did not enroll in the new school years as a result of being displaced by the fires.

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a post that claimed the jet was found in Cuba.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter