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SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-19-2011, 06:00 PM
Relatives believe two girls abducted

The CNMI community was jolted yesterday with news of two girls who went missing Wednesday morning as they waited for a school bus near their residence in As Teo.

A Commonwealth-wide Amber Alert was issued for Faloma Luhk, 10, and Meleina Luhk, 9, who relatives believe may have been abducted as they waited for their bus to Kagman Elementary School.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=109818&cat=1

http://www.saipantribune.com/imgupload/lg/issx9999ns109818.jpg



***I apologize for the onslaught of articles below. But this case is now nearly a month old, and the girls have yet to be found.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-19-2011, 06:02 PM
UPDATE: Residents join search for missing Saipan girls

The search to find two missing girls on Saipan has gotten a boost in manpower as residents are teaming with the local and federal agencies on the island to return the girls home safely, officials said.

http://www.guampdn.com/article/20110527/NEWS01/110527005




Saipan search expands

The search for two missing sisters in Saipan has extended across the entire island, as authorities and volunteers have begun spreading out into other villages.

[snip]

The girls' mother is living on Guam because of a better job opportunity. She has since returned to Saipan for the search, according to the girls' grandfather and co-guardian, Elbert Quitugua.

[snip]

He said no dogs have been brought in to join the search, but there are talks that it could be in the works. Tarkong couldn't confirm yesterday if or when dogs will join the search.

http://www.guampdn.com/article/20110529/NEWS01/105290307



US Navy and Air Force join search for missing girls on Saipan

A helicopter from the U.S. Navy and a C-130 plane from the U.S. Air Force joined the search yesterday in Saipan in the Northern Marianas for sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk, who have been missing since mid week.

http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=60877

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-19-2011, 06:06 PM
'I wish I'm the suspect'

Ruhtik Luhk, the father of missing sisters Faloma and Maleina, finally broke his silence yesterday, telling Saipan Tribune he wishes he is the suspect in his daughters' disappearance because that would mean he had been reunited with his daughters.

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=109995&cat=1



FBI offers $10K cash reward

With still no trace of the whereabouts of missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk, the FBI offered yesterday a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the girls' safe return or information that would lead to the successful prosecution of anyone responsible for their disappearance.

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=110110&cat=1



CNMI landfill searched for signs of missing girls

The police and FBI in the Northern Marianas have begun sifting through a landfill as part of their search for two sisters who went missing two weeks ago.

http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=61093



Trash collectors did not see Luhk sisters at bus stop

Garbage collectors did not see sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk at a bus stop in As Teo on May 25, the day when they went missing, but disclosed that they twice spotted a pickup truck in the area just days before the girls' disappearance.

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=110181&cat=1

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-19-2011, 06:09 PM
FBI: Girls were kidnapped: Sisters have been missing for almost three weeks

FBI agents and local authorities finished searching Saipan's landfill yesterday, so an investigation into the abduction of two young girls will move on to other leads.

Faloma and Maleina Luhk, ages 10 and 9, will have been missing for three weeks as of tomorrow. They were last seen at an As Teo bus stop on May 25.

More: http://www.guampdn.com/article/20110614/NEWS01/106140301/FBI-Girls-were-kidnapped-Sisters-been-missing-almost-three-weeks?odyssey=nav|head (http://www.guampdn.com/article/20110614/NEWS01/106140301/FBI-Girls-were-kidnapped-Sisters-been-missing-almost-three-weeks?odyssey=nav%7Chead)



FBI: Saipan girls missing for 3 weeks not with father in Micronesia; search effort continues

Volunteers and law enforcement personnel have canvassed jungles of Saipan and combed through dirt and trash in search of two young sisters, who authorities believe were most likely abducted while waiting for the school bus three weeks ago. Meanwhile the reward fund has grown to about $33,000.

More: http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/defd96c0e3794e1e86598e96443394b0/HI--Missing-Sisters-Saipan/

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-19-2011, 06:12 PM
Man wanted for questioning in Saipan case

As the search for two missing Saipan sisters enters its fourth week, law enforcement officials today will begin scouring targeted areas of the island with a rescue dog from Hawaii civil defense.

[snip]

Officials want to talk to a man, described as a 30-year-old Pacific islander with a large birthmark on the right side of his face. The man was seen driving around the neighborhood where the girls disappeared on May 6, almost three weeks before the girls disappeared.

http://www.guampdn.com/article/20110616/NEWS01/106160324


http://cmsimg.guampdn.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=M0&Date=20110616&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=106160324&Ref=AR&MaxW=300&Border=0



Men with birthmarks interviewed in Saipan

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have interviewed several men with birthmarks on their faces, but none of them remember being in Saipan's As Teo neighborhood on May 6 -- the same area where two young girls later went missing on May 25.

http://www.guampdn.com/article/20110618/NEWS01/106180303



Interviews fail to produce leads

The FBI is still knocking on doors and working to track down leads in the case of two missing Saipan sisters -- but nearly a month after the girls' disappearance officials are scrambling for new information.

http://www.guampdn.com/article/20110620/NEWS01/106200307

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-19-2011, 06:16 PM
CNMI search for missing girls to resume

Hawaii State Civil Defense’s tracking expert dog, Pohaku, will today resume his mission to search for two sisters missing in the Northern Marianas for nearly a month.

http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=61290


Hopes fade for Northern Marianas girls

In the Northern Marianas, the FBI says investigators are running out of leads in the case of two sisters who disappeared nearly a month ago.

http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201106/3247874.htm?desktop


http://cmsimg.guampdn.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=M0&Date=20110529&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=110529002&Ref=AR&MaxW=640&Border=0
http://www.guampdn.com/article/20110529/NEWS01/110529002/Saipan-search-expands

soyesterday
06-19-2011, 09:31 PM
How horrible :(
I hope they are found safe and soon!!!!!
Poor things......they are beautiful. :(

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-19-2011, 10:23 PM
Find Our Saipan Girls

http://findoursaipangirls.wordpress.com/about/

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-19-2011, 10:28 PM
For those that don't know much about Saipan...

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Saipan is the largest island of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a chain of 15 tropical islands belonging to the Marianas archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean.

The CNMI joined the United States in November 1986 (which is why the FBI, and US Air Force and Coast Guard are involved).

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-20-2011, 01:19 PM
$50K offered for aid in Saipan case

The reward for information about the disappearance of two Saipan sisters reached $50,000 yesterday, even as leads in the case have all but dried up.

International investment and asset-management company Bridge Capital added $16,500 to the $33,500 already offered for information on the safe return of 10-year-old Faloma and 9-year-old Maleina Luhk.

More: http://www.guampdn.com/article/20110621/NEWS01/106210310/-50K-offered-aid-Saipan-case

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-20-2011, 01:23 PM
TIMELINE OF EVENTS

May 25, 6:10am: Sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk are reportedly last seen by witnesses sitting on a drainage cement slab across a bus stop pavilion in As Teo.

May 25, 6:30am: 10-year-old Faloma and 9-year-old Maleina reportedly fail to get on a school bus on their way to Kagman Elementary School.

May 25, 5:30pm: Elbert B. Quitugua and wife, Jane, report to DPS that their granddaughters Faloma and Maleina are missing.

May 26: Jermain Quitugua, the girls' mother, arrives from Guam.

May 27: 70 local and federal law enforcers supported by over 90 civilian volunteers comb Saipan to search for the two girls.


Much more: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=110448&cat=1

Carla Lashelle
06-20-2011, 02:15 PM
I would think it should be easy enough to search an Island 12 miles long. We have parks here bigger than the whole island.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-20-2011, 05:08 PM
I would think it should be easy enough to search an Island 12 miles long. We have parks here bigger than the whole island.

I don't think that's quite the point.

Even 1 mile is hard to search when you have no idea where to look.

LadyL
06-20-2011, 06:15 PM
I'm fearing the worst - that they have been trafficked & are in another country. Well, I guess death is worse but it sure won't feel that way to them. I hope wherever they are, that they still have each other for comfort ... and I hope for a miracle for these girls and their family, that they are rescued.

Carla Lashelle
06-20-2011, 06:25 PM
I don't think that's quite the point.

Even 1 mile is hard to search when you have no idea where to look.

Actually it is the point. I would think being on a relatively small island would make deciding where to look somewhat easier. Compared to searches in the US that could cover an area hundreds or thousands of miles square.

One place to consider looking would be in the underground tunnels and bunkers left over from world war II.

fedfan4life
06-20-2011, 06:48 PM
Actually it is the point. I would think being on a relatively small island would make deciding where to look somewhat easier. Compared to searches in the US that could cover an area hundreds or thousands of miles square.

One place to consider looking would be in the underground tunnels and bunkers left over from world war II.

Except that an island is surrounded by water, unfortunately...

elepher50
06-20-2011, 06:51 PM
Saipan is about 12.5 miles long and 5.5 miles wide and has a total
land area of 46.5 square miles which is about the size of San
Francisco.

http://www.cnmi-guide.com/info/

Poplulation around 45,000 to 48,000. It has an international airport and a ferry also operates between Saipan and Tinian, its smaller neighboring island 5 miles to the south.

Hopefully the recent increase in reward money will provide some leads as to where the girls are as there doesn't seem to be anywhere to go providing the airport and ferry has been checked for any departures on that day (if there are cameras). IMO the girls are probably still on the island and a good portion of the island has already been searched based on the recent newspaper articles.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-20-2011, 07:00 PM
They have had not only local law enforcement and volunteer searches, but also involvement from the FBI, Child Abduction Response Team, US Navy, and US Air Force, as well as landfill searches, and a $50,000 reward.

If it were easier to find them because Saipan is "only 12 miles long", they would have found them by now.


The Northern Mariana Islands actually have an online sex offender registry, too. http://cnmi.nsopw.gov/ But I cannot find an address to use as a reference.

elepher50
06-20-2011, 07:14 PM
The Northern Mariana Islands actually have an online sex offender registry, too. http://cnmi.nsopw.gov/ But I cannot find an address to use as a reference.

SBM: I now see what you mean - am trying to find an address as a starting point - will keep searching.

elepher50
06-20-2011, 07:28 PM
Will have to work this one backwards by the looks of it. The girls were headed to the Kagman Elementary School.

http://isadrive.blogspot.com/

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-20-2011, 07:58 PM
Will have to work this one backwards by the looks of it. The girls were headed to the Kagman Elementary School.

http://isadrive.blogspot.com/

Kagman Elementary's physical address is noted as a P.O. Box. That's not going to help. http://northern-mariana-islands.schooltree.org/public/Kagman-Elementary-098032.html

I also can't get anything specific to pull up when I enter their "village" of As Teo, either.

elepher50
06-20-2011, 08:18 PM
There is a Santa Lourdes Shrine in As Teo and I can't even find an address for this as a starting point (the Shrine looks very interesting). Saipan is noted as a tourist place as well so there could have been a fair number of folks from "away" visiting when the girls went missing. They were seen at 6:10am waiting for the school bus but missed the school bus at 6:30am so that means whatever transpired did so in that 20 minute time period.

Am going to take a quick look at the RSO registry now to see if anything jumps out at me.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-20-2011, 08:22 PM
There is a Santa Lourdes Shrine in As Teo and I can't even find an address for this as a starting point (the Shrine looks very interesting). Saipan is noted as a tourist place as well so there could have been a fair number of folks from "away" visiting when the girls went missing. They were seen at 6:10am waiting for the school bus but missed the school bus at 6:30am so that means whatever transpired did so in that 20 minute time period.

Am going to take a quick look at the RSO registry now to see if anything jumps out at me.

Not sure if I did it right, but I found 0 in As Teo, and 2 in Kagman (one of which is an absconder). The second had a possession of child porn charge.

elepher50
06-20-2011, 08:58 PM
Am sure you did it right as I found 0 in Saint Lourdes, Saipan County and 2 in Kagman which would be near the elementary school that the girls attended.

The Kagman area absconder was convicted in 2001 for rape count 1(visible scar on his front neck area) - last registered in 2009. The other offender found in Kagman was convicted in 2007 of sexual abuse of a minor in the 2nd degree - count 1 (and has tattoos on various parts of his body).

Dang, this is hard slogging to find information. Is this offender that was convicted in 2007 incarerated as I can't tell from the information on the offender site - looks like he is not but I could be wrong.

The absconder with the visible scarring on his front neck area sounds interesting as the authorities were loooking for a man with a "birthmark" on the side of his face who was seen in the Saint Lourdes area the day the girls went missing. Neck vs face = probably a stretch.

elepher50
06-20-2011, 09:01 PM
Absconder with scar in front neck area (the picture was undated so scarring could be after this picture was taken). I fail to see any scarring ..... know am going blind but can't see it.

elepher50
06-20-2011, 10:05 PM
Northern Mariana Islands RSO database can be searched using the geographical search and using zip code. There are three zip codes for the Northern Mariana Islands (96950=Saipan; 96951=Tinian; 96952=Rota).

When a search is done on the 96950 zip code (Saipan) there are about 35 RSO's of which close to half of them have absconded.

Sadly, these two little girls have been missing for close to a month now and there are no new leads.

elepher50
06-20-2011, 10:44 PM
http://www.kspn2.com/archive-v.asp

K-9 Overheats during Search: The heat and humidity of Saipan appears to be hampering the efforts of a K-9 unit brought here from Hawaii.

The girls mother says she is living in a nightmare. The girls guardian and owner of Champs Shaved Ice in pix with the two girls.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-21-2011, 02:45 AM
VIDEO: CNMI Report - FBI Says Leads on Missing Sisters Slowing Down

FBI special agent Tom Simon said leads are slowing down in the search for missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk.

More: http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14967:cnmi-report-fbi-says-leads-on-missing-sisters-slowing-down&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156

YouTube - &#x202a;SLOW LEADS&#x202c;&rlm;

hollye
06-21-2011, 10:23 AM
Okay, here's the map that I have so far as I have been able to figure out...

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=218199748434644937742.0004a639000538922960 d&msa=0&ll=15.192703,145.763254&spn=0.002223,0.003259

Let me know if there is anything that you would like me to add.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-21-2011, 12:33 PM
Okay, here's the map that I have so far as I have been able to figure out...

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=218199748434644937742.0004a639000538922960 d&msa=0&ll=15.192703,145.763254&spn=0.002223,0.003259

Let me know if there is anything that you would like me to add.

Oh hollye, thank you so much! This is very helpful!!!

hollye
06-21-2011, 12:41 PM
SWMNBN, I am not completely sure of the accuracy of the bus stop and the girls' home. Most of it is speculation and conclusions drawn by reading different articles & blogs. It is possible that the bus stop is actually further west on the road, where it intersects with Isa Drive, as that is the aerial location that was shown in a news report, but another blog indicated that it was just up the road from the entrance to the Shrine, which is where I currently ahve it located. It is so difficult to figure out where everything is on this little island.

There is a blog written by a couple who lived next door to the girls for a year. I may email the author and find out exactly where everything is located, so that we have a better idea.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-21-2011, 01:25 PM
SWMNBN, I am not completely sure of the accuracy of the bus stop and the girls' home. Most of it is speculation and conclusions drawn by reading different articles & blogs. It is possible that the bus stop is actually further west on the road, where it intersects with Isa Drive, as that is the aerial location that was shown in a news report, but another blog indicated that it was just up the road from the entrance to the Shrine, which is where I currently ahve it located. It is so difficult to figure out where everything is on this little island.

There is a blog written by a couple who lived next door to the girls for a year. I may email the author and find out exactly where everything is located, so that we have a better idea.

Gotcha. :) But either way, I was completely and utterly lost in the dark about the location of everything except the school. So it still helps a great deal.

There is a LOT of dense, wooded area there, too. Very hard to search that.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-21-2011, 03:06 PM
15 FBI agents, staff leaving

Four weeks later and with an overtime tab that's already half-a-million dollars, the feverish search for sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk is winding down, leaving experts without a clue as to what had happened to the two.

Tracking dog Pohaku failed yesterday in his last day to locate the sisters, even as 15 FBI agents and support staff prepare to leave Saipan to return to their jobs in Honolulu.

[snip]

He disclosed that they are still interviewing several people, persons of interests, and potential witnesses and are also looking for items that they believe may be relevant to the case.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=110483&cat=1

elepher50
06-21-2011, 03:55 PM
Okay, here's the map that I have so far as I have been able to figure out...

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=218199748434644937742.0004a639000538922960 d&msa=0&ll=15.192703,145.763254&spn=0.002223,0.003259

Let me know if there is anything that you would like me to add.

Awesome map hollye .... thank you. Over the next little while if we can identify precisely the areas that have been searched would that be something that you could add to the map. This map is very helpful - almost had bleeding eyes trying to find out where things were.

eleph

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-21-2011, 06:17 PM
FBI pulls out off-island staff from missing girls case in CNMI

In the Northern Marianas, 15 FBI staff are leaving Saipan after their extensive search for missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk proved futile.

[snip]

The FBI agents assigned in Guam and Saipan, as well as local police, will be left to handle the disappearance of 10-year-old Faloma and 9-year-old Maleina.

More: http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=61333

hollye
06-22-2011, 09:15 AM
Sure, if you can figure out the areas that have been seached, I will be glad to add them to the map.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-23-2011, 01:59 AM
*hollye* Here are some locations of searches done this week.


DPS team searches Kalabera Cave

The Department of Public Safety's team yesterday searched the Kalabera Cave and the Bird Island cliff line in Marpi, but still failed to find any trace of missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk.

[snip]

Press secretary Angel Demapan told Saipan Tribune that DPS team also scoured the Bird Island cliff line as well as the Kagman watershed known as Education Island.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=110506

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-23-2011, 02:51 AM
Sorry I don't have any specific addresses for these...


Incident Command Post: Kagman Community Center

Search Locations:

Villages: Achugau, As Matuis, Capital Hill, Chalan Galaide, Chalan Kiya, Chalan Piao, Kannat Tabla, San Roque, Sadog Tasi, Tanapag, and Kagman (specifically behind the Mobil gas station, Joeten, behind Laolao Bay Golf Resort, LauLau Bay)

Other: Marpi landfill, Bird Island cliff line in Marpi, Susupe Lake, Kalabera Cave, Kingfisher Golf Links, Lower Navy Hill, Kagman watershed (Education Island)

danisisa
06-23-2011, 10:23 AM
I hate to say it, but I am thinking Human Trafficking has something to do with this. The ages of the girls say it all to me. Someone saw the opportunity and took it. Sad....

danisisa
06-23-2011, 10:31 AM
Here is an article-scary...A little outdated, but tells it.

http://fighthumantraffickingnews.blogspot.com/2007/07/human-trafficking-worse-in-northern.html

Human trafficking problems are worse in the Northern Mariana Islands on a per capita basis than in the entire United States, a Bush Administration official told a U.S. Senate hearing, the Marianas Variety reports.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-23-2011, 03:29 PM
VIDEO: CNMI Report - FBI Pulls Tracking Dog & Staff Out of Saipan

FBI pulls out off-island staff, dog from missing girls case on Saipan.

Fifteen FBI staff and expert tracking dog Pohaku are leaving Saipan after their extensive search for missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk proved futile.

More: http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15063:bye-fbi&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156

YouTube - &#x202a;BYE FBI&#x202c;&rlm;

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-23-2011, 03:31 PM
Searches will now be based on tips

Search operations for missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk will now be driven largely by tips that come in, according to the police.

[snip]

Press secretary Angel Demapan told Saipan Tribune that there are no “Operation Hope” updates at this time for public disclosure.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=110548&cat=1

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-24-2011, 04:31 PM
Search scaled down for missing Marianas sisters

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201106/s3252333.htm

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-24-2011, 04:32 PM
DPS uses boat to search Banzai cliff line

The Department of Public Safety searched the cliff line of the Banzai Cliff yesterday using a search and rescue boat but still failed to find a trace of missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk.

As this developed, a geologist from the U.S. Geological Survey cautioned searchers yesterday from entering the Liyan Falngun Hanom Cave in Marpi as it is a known “bad air cave” with high levels of carbon dioxide gas.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=110580

chinacat67
06-28-2011, 10:39 AM
Does anybody else feel like the FBI made a show of leaving? Almost as if they wanted to make sure someone or ones knows they are gone---and maybe they have significant leads and now hope the suspects will be more likely to surface?

Maybe just wistful thinking, but I hope so....

MOO

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-28-2011, 12:26 PM
DPS, FBI monitoring 'classified leads'

The Department of Public Safety in collaboration with the FBI, continues to monitor “classified leads” in the mysterious disappearance of sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk.

Press secretary Angel Demapan told Saipan Tribune yesterday that details and specifics of these leads cannot be disclosed at this time as investigations are still active and ongoing.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=110643&cat=1

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-28-2011, 12:27 PM
Police consider underwater search

The Department of Public Safety is mulling an underwater search as the mysterious disappearance of sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk enters its fifth week today, Wednesday.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=110672

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-29-2011, 05:42 PM
Saipan suspends searches

Law enforcement personnel on Saipan are concentrating efforts on investigating possible leads in the case of two missing sisters after suspending islandwide searches for the two girls.

[snip]

"Given that such shoulder-to-shoulder operations did not turn up the results we had hoped for, the department must now recalibrate its efforts in order to continue to function with its available resources," Demapan said.

More: http://www.guampdn.com/article/20110629/NEWS01/106290305

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-29-2011, 05:43 PM
DPS divers begin underwater search

The Department of Public Safety began an underwater search at some locations on Saipan yesterday but failed to find any trace of missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=110690

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
07-07-2011, 02:04 AM
VIDEO: CNMI Report - Underwater Searches Find No Trace of Luhk Sisters, Yet

Underwater searches at a number of undisclosed locations on Saipan were conducted by the Department of Public Safety yesterday but failed to find any trace of missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk.

More: http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15258:cnmi-report-underwater-search-finds-no-trace-of-luhk-sisters&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156

YouTube - &#x202a;UNDERWATER SEARCH&#x202c;&rlm;

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
07-07-2011, 02:05 AM
DPS employee who refuse lie detector test 'related' to Luhk sisters

A Department of Public Safety employee who reportedly refused to undergo a lie detector test as part of investigation into the disappearance of sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk is somehow “related” to the missing girls, Saipan Tribune learned from sources yesterday.

[snip]

DPS has refused to confirm or deny if this personnel is among those on the investigators' list of persons of interest in the case.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=110759

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
07-07-2011, 02:06 AM
Sewer manholes being searched for Luhk sisters

Public Safety Commissioner Ramon Mafnas confirmed yesterday an ongoing search at some sewer manholes to locate missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk. There was still no trace of the girls as of press time.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=110874&cat=1

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
07-07-2011, 04:20 PM
'FBI remains committed to probe of Luhk sisters' disappearance'

The FBI remains committed to investigating the mysterious disappearance of sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk, according to FBI special agent Tom Simon yesterday.

Acting press secretary Teresa Kim told Saipan Tribune that the search for 10-year-old Faloma and 9-year-old Maleina Luhk at some sewer manholes and cliff lines continues as reported on Wednesday.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=110906

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
07-11-2011, 11:42 PM
Sisters' case touches parents' primal nerve

Although they live on the second floor of an apartment building, Gina Jin Reyes, 28, used to let her 8-year-old son play in the parking lot. That changed when sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk disappeared seven weeks ago, seemingly into thin air.

With the sister's mysterious disappearance now entering its 7th week, Reyes had to change the rules for her son, mainly for security purposes. She no longer allows her son to play on the ground floor unless she and other parents are there to watch them.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=110967&cat=1

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
07-11-2011, 11:43 PM
Search entering 7th week; still no changes

No significant development happened over the weekend and yesterday in connection with the search for missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=110978&cat=1

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
07-15-2011, 03:23 PM
PACIFIC UPDATE: Disappearance of 2 sisters grips Northern Marianas

“I’ve been having bad nightmares. I’m living in a nightmare. It’s difficult,” Jermain Quitugua told ISLANDS BUSINESS as she lights up candles and rearrange food offerings on June 15 at a makeshift altar right where her daughters Faloma and Maleina Quitugua Luhk were reportedly last seen on the morning of May 25 while waiting for their school bus.

More: http://www.islandsbusiness.com/islands_business/index_dynamic/containerNameToReplace=MiddleMiddle/focusModuleID=19733/overideSkinName=issueArticle-full.tpl

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
07-15-2011, 03:23 PM
DPS firefighter who refused lie detector test resigns

The Department of Public Safety personnel who refused to undergo a lie detector test in connection with the investigation into the disappearance of sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk has resigned effective July 1, DPS Commissioner Ramon Mafnas disclosed yesterday.

As this developed, DPS assured protection to anyone who will come forward and offer information. Investigators are also planning to conduct another aerial search.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=111097

sherbetjello
07-15-2011, 06:28 PM
The refusal from a public employee is a scary aspect of this case.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
07-19-2011, 11:22 PM
Investigators want deeper probe on man with birthmark

The FBI and the Department of Public Safety investigators remain interested in the man with the distinctive birthmark on his right cheek in connection with their investigation into the mysterious disappearance of sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk.

[snip]

“We are very much interested in that particular report because of the fact that there was a claim that the individual was asking for a certain person,” Mafnas said.

When asked whether that person is related to the Luhk sisters, the commissioner replied, “I believe so.”

[snip]

He said the neighbor who claimed to have seen the man with the birthmark passed the lie detector test.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=111129&cat=1

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
07-31-2011, 11:17 PM
Inclusion of Commonwealth in Amber Alert Program pushed

Rep. Teresita Santos (Ind-Rota) pre-filed a resolution urging Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan to include the CNMI in the Amber Alert Program which Santos said will be a big help when there are cases of child abduction including the disappearance of sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk since May 25.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=111460&cat=1

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
08-14-2011, 04:42 PM
Saipan police find human remains near Kagman

KSPN News in Saipan is reporting that Sunday morning police responded to a call from a resident in Kagman 3. The resident said his dog discovered a bone in his yard. Police later discovered human bones scattered in and around an abandoned house and also some clothes. Police have yet to confirm an idenity for the remains, but said that it is human. The FBI was also on the scene.

http://www.kuam.com/story/15263641/2011/08/14/saipan-police-find-remains-near-kagman



Bones found in Saipan not those of girls

Officials are investigating bones found yesterday near an abandoned house in Kagman, Saipan, according to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands governor's office.

Department of Public Safety and the Department of Public Health authorities, following a close examination of the discovered bones, believe the remains belong to an elderly male, approximately 70 years or higher in age, according to the press release.

More: http://www.guampdn.com/article/20110815/NEWS01/108150302

belimom
08-14-2011, 06:10 PM
Such a sad, sad case... I believe 99.9% that these precious children are now part of a human trafficking ring and have left the island. May God watch over them... Perhaps they will be found and rescued - there's always hope.

:praying:

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
08-21-2011, 06:09 PM
The bones were not Faloma or Meleina's, but apparently they may belong to a family member...

http://www.kpua.net/news.php?id=23574

The girls' grandfather, Elbert Quitugua, tells the Saipan Tribune investigators recovered an identification card belonging to his uncle, Ricardo Muna Quitugua. He says the uncle hasn't been seen in weeks.

summer_breeze
10-24-2011, 08:12 PM
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=63953

Posted at 23:48 on 24 October, 2011 UTC


The grandfather of two missing girls in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands says unless a person of interest to the case co-operates the suspected abduction won’t be solved.

sherbetjello
10-28-2011, 04:17 PM
Today marks the fifth month since sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk mysteriously disappeared in As Teo. The children's grandfather, Elbert Quitugua, said that they're already very frustrated with the Department of Public Safety.

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=113679

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
11-30-2011, 03:03 AM
Keep public informed in Luhk case

[snip]

What happened to the Luhk sisters? At this point, the possibilities seem limited and their return to their loving family less likely. The typical scenarios of parental kidnapping, runaway children or accidental disappearance seem unlikely. We are left with the sad and scary possibility, which is abduction by a predator.

More: http://www.guampdn.com/article/M0/20111114/OPINION02/111140313/Keep-public-informed-Luhk-case?odyssey=nav|head (http://www.guampdn.com/article/M0/20111114/OPINION02/111140313/Keep-public-informed-Luhk-case?odyssey=nav%7Chead)

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
12-02-2011, 02:01 AM
Added to Charley Project - http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/l/luhk_faloma.html

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
12-10-2011, 03:21 AM
House OKs Faloma and Maleina bill

The House of Representatives passed yesterday an amended bill requiring schools to notify parents within two hours after a child is recorded absent to help in the recovery of children when they go missing, almost seven months since the disappearance of sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk on May 25.

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=114799



CNMI senate looks at making schools notify parents of absentees

The Northern Marianas senate is expected to pass a bill requiring schools to notify parents within two hours after a child is recorded absent.

http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=64903

belimom
12-10-2011, 12:15 PM
This case worries me so much. My heart aches to think of what these girls may be going through. :cry:

Sadly, I believe they were taken for the sex industry.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
01-02-2012, 03:07 AM
The mysterious disappearance of the Luhk sisters

The Commonwealth was stunned with the mysterious disappearance of sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk, reportedly while waiting for a school bus near their residence in As Teo on May 25. The girls have yet to be found.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=115327

sherlockh
01-02-2012, 10:45 AM
The bones were not Faloma or Meleina's, but apparently they may belong to a family member...

http://www.kpua.net/news.php?id=23574

The girls' grandfather, Elbert Quitugua, tells the Saipan Tribune investigators recovered an identification card belonging to his uncle, Ricardo Muna Quitugua. He says the uncle hasn't been seen in weeks.
That is strange. Would that be the same guy as mentioned here?

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=58860

Quitugua was charged with assault, criminal trespass, and disturbing the peace for allegedly threatening to harm a woman and refusing to leave the residence of the victim on March 1, 2006 on Saipan.

Why did he receive death threats from his neighbors?
http://getlocalne.ws/world/northern_mariana_islands_garapan/marianas_variety_news_325919

The police thought the girls wouldn't just get into a car with a stranger. How well did he know the girls?

Indy Anna
01-02-2012, 02:35 PM
That is strange. Would that be the same guy as mentioned here?

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=58860


Why did he receive death threats from his neighbors?
http://getlocalne.ws/world/northern_mariana_islands_garapan/marianas_variety_news_325919

The police thought the girls wouldn't just get into a car with a stranger. How well did he know the girls?

Sounds from the articles posted here that there are some shady characters with vendettas/vendettas against them within the extended family (NOT the parents and grandparents). They may have had a dispute with the grandparents/parents but were recognized by the girls, who considered them safe since they are related. I hope LE is looking closely into the extended family and possible issues within the family.

I hope the Luhk sisters are safe and are found soon!

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
01-04-2012, 03:05 AM
Search for Saipan sisters continues

This year was filled with headlines of death, corruption and failure, but perhaps the most tragic story came from Guam's closest neighbor, where Faloma and Maleina Luhk, ages 10 and 9, disappeared one morning in May without leaving a single clue.

[snip]

"Investigation remains open, but the leads are few and far between," said FBI spokesman Tom Simon in December. "If new leads pop up, we get together with police and ... run them down. But at this point, with no confession from a suspect, no eyewitnesses to the crime and no living or dead victims, there is not much else we can do other than continue to appeal to the public for help."

More: http://www.guampdn.com/article/20120101/ENTERTAINMENT09/201010330/2-Search-Saipan-sisters-continues?odyssey=nav|head (http://www.guampdn.com/article/20120101/ENTERTAINMENT09/201010330/2-Search-Saipan-sisters-continues?odyssey=nav%7Chead)

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
04-02-2012, 03:40 PM
Luhk sisters' family urges DPS to probe Mafnas

The family of the missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk is urging the Department of Public Safety to investigate whether Ramon C. Mafnas as DPS commissioner also intervened in the investigation of the case.

Elbert Quitugua, grandfather of the Luhk sisters, told Saipan Tribune that the family is now puzzled and worried if there was also a discrepancy as a result of Mafnas' micromanagement of the case.

More: http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=117748&cat=1

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
05-06-2012, 03:05 PM
AG should 'grill' Mafnas, says missing girls' grandparent

THE Attorney General’s Office should look into Department of Public Safety Commissioner Ramon C. Mafnas’s obstruction of the investigation in the case of the missing Luhk sisters, according to the girls’ grandparent.

“They should grill [Mafnas] who obstructed the investigation,” Elbert Quitugua told Variety.

Today, family members mark the 11 months that Faloma and her sister Maleina Luhk have been missing.

More: http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/45875-ag-should-grill-mafnas-says-missing-girls-grandparent.php

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
06-02-2012, 03:27 PM
One year later, still no leads in Luhk case

Paper fliers still hang in some storefronts in Saipan, aged by one year but still no less tragic.

Exactly one year ago, two young sisters -- Faloma and Maleina Luhk, ages 10 and 9 -- vanished from a bus stop in the village of As Teo, about 100 yards from their grandparent's house.

More: http://www.guampdn.com/article/20120525/NEWS01/205250304/One-year-later-still-no-leads-Luhk-case




Still no leads 1 year after young Saipan sisters were last seen waiting at school bus stop

It's been a year since two sisters were last seen waiting for a school bus in their Saipan village, prompting a massive search involving local authorities form the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the FBI and volunteers.

The disappearance of the two children from the small, close-knit island immediately sparked a search that entailed canvassing jungles, searching abandoned buildings and digging through 30,000 cubic feet of the island's trash. Saipan has a population of about 60,000. While there is a crystal meth problem, the violent crime rate is very low.

There are still no hard leads in the disappearance of 10-year-old Faloma Luhk and her 9-year-old sister, Maleina Luhk.

More: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/d0b2e6526e0d463c9e50fb4a8250e2ea/HI--Missing-Sisters-Saipan



http://cmsimg.guampdn.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=M0&Date=20120525&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=205250304&Ref=AR&MaxW=640&Border=0&One-year-later-still-no-leads-Luhk-case
A flier with a picture of the Luhk sisters, who have been missing for a year, hangs in a grocery store. The store is located in Kagman, near the girls' school. Faloma and Maleina Luhk, who were ages 10 and 9 when they went missing, were last seen walking to a bus stop near their home in As Teo, May 25, 2011. / Kaity Mattos/For Pacific Daily News

summer_breeze
12-26-2012, 01:14 PM
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=73082

Posted at 17:04 on 26 December, 2012 UTC

Short article at link

mikkismom
05-26-2013, 11:13 AM
2 years since Luhk sisters went missing

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=127660&cat=1

mikkismom
07-18-2013, 01:57 PM
VIDEO: Unsolved Mystery - 2 Years Since Luhk Sisters Went Missing

http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34602:video-unsolved-mystery-2-years-since-luhk-sisters-went-missing&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
08-15-2014, 09:19 PM
Disappearance of Luhk sisters marks 3rd year (http://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/disappearance-luhk-sisters-marks-3rd-year/)


May 23, 2014

This weekend marks the third year of the mysterious disappearance of sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk in As Teo, with still no trace of the minors.

[snip]

Quitugua said the last time he heard from the Department of Public Safety about the investigation was over a year ago.

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on the other hand, has been persistent in trying to find his granddaughters and has been contacting him now and then.


http://www.saipantribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/faloma-150x150.jpg http://www.saipantribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/maleina-150x150.jpg

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
12-06-2014, 11:20 PM
FBI releases age-progressed photos of missing Luhk sisters

[snip]

“The FBI regards the case of the missing Luhk girls as an ongoing investigation. We are hoping that these new age-enhanced photos may provide us with some promising leads.

http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/69728-fbi-releases-age-progressed-photos-of-missing-luhk-sisters

http://www.mvariety.com/images/photos/2014/10-Oct/03/Faloma.jpg http://www.mvariety.com/images/photos/2014/10-Oct/03/Maleina.jpg
Faloma Luhk / Maleina Luhk