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SAIPAN FALOMA & MALEINA LUHK: Missing from As Tao, Saipan - 25 May 2011 - Age 10 & 9

Discussion in 'Missing 2010 to 2014' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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    Faloma and Maleina were last seen at their bus stop in As Tao, Saipan at 6:10 am on May 25, 2011. Their bus was supposed to arrive at 6:30 am, but they were not there when the bus came. They were marked absent from school. Their family didn't realize they were missing until they did not return home from school at 3:30 pm. They were reported missing at 5:30 pm. They are believed to have been abducted.


    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.

    NCMEC - http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1172939/1

    Charley Project - http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/l/luhk_faloma.html

    FBI - https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/faloma-luhk

    Media - http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/...as-tao-saipan-at-6-10-am-on-may-25-2011.2657/
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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member


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    Faloma has brown hair and brown eyes. Last seen carrying a backpack (either dark-colored or purple Dora the Explorer). Last seen wearing light green shirt with butterfly design and blue jeans.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member


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    Maleina has a birthmark on her left cheek. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Last seen carrying a backpack (either dark-colored or purple Dora the Explorer). Last seen wearing white blouse and blue jeans.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Info below taken from my posts on another website years ago. All dead links now so I didn't bother with those.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    '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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    FBI asks Oregon, Washington, Hawaii residents to watch for missing girls
    October 8, 2014

    The FBI is asking residents of Oregon, Washington and Hawaii to be on the lookout for two young sisters who disappeared from Saipan more than three years ago.

    Beth Anne Steele, spokeswoman for the Portland office of the FBI, said that residents of the three states are being asked to keep an eye out for the girls because all three have sizable populations of people who are originally from the North Mariana Islands, of which Saipan is one.

    "The FBI is hoping that this latest publicity push and the age-enhanced photos will generate new leads to resolve this case," Steele wrote in a news release, which included age-enhanced photos of the two girls.


    FBI says girl in photo not linked to missing Saipan sisters
    November 16, 2016

    The FBI on Wednesday morning issued a news release and several photographs of a girl or a young woman in a store, suggesting the photos could be connected to the two young sisters who went missing on Saipan five years ago.

    Hours later, it issued another statement, saying the person in the photo was identified following a "quick response from the community," and is not connected to the case.

    The federal agency released three photos of a young woman or teen, pushing a shopping cart in what the agency said is a store on Saipan. The agency did not say when the photos were taken, only that it was recently.

    FBI Special Agent Jay Wolfe, in Saipan, said they cannot release identity of the woman in the photograph but they confirmed she is in no way connected to the case.

    The FBI was notified by the store owner that the girl in the photo resembled age-progressed photos of one of the Luhk sisters and the store owner alerted the FBI, according to Wolfe.

    The investigation into the disappearance is ongoing, according to the FBI. Wolfe said the FBI is making every effort to find the Luhk sisters.


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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    FBI, DPS conduct search on Koblerville property

    But on Saturday morning, Variety learned that the Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant on a residential property owned by the mother of Joseph Crisostomo, a convicted murderer.

    Variety was told that there was probable cause to search the residential compound which includes an unpainted semi-concrete structure in Koblerville.

    “There is now being concealed or buried in the ground, human remains believed to be those of the missing Luhk sisters: Faloma and Maleina,” the warrant stated.

    Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation brought in a backhoe and began digging on Saturday.

    From 15 to 20 police officers and FBI agents were engaged in the search on the property.

    Early Sunday evening, a resident in the area told Variety that “most likely, no remains were found on the property.”


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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Back of house searched for Luhk sisters

    Police backed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents served a search warrant last Saturday at a home along Tinaktak Drive in Koblerville, reviving the search for the sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk, whose disappearance now enter its seventh year.

    Department of Public Safety spokesperson Jacqueline Rae Shepard said yesterday she has not seen the full police report about the search.

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Saipan authorities search for remains believed to be missing girls

    Saipan's Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant on Saturday in the island's southernmost village, investigating whether the remains of Maleina and Faloma Luhk were buried at a Koblerville property.

    Court documents authorized investigators to search the "residential compound/ground vicinity" behind a home along Tinaktak Drive belonging to Ana and Calistro Crisostomo, the parents of convicted murderer Joseph Crisostomo.

    However, according to King, Joseph Crisostomo could not have been involved in the case, as during May 2011 Crisostomo was behind bars.

    "Joseph A. Crisostomo was in the CNMI Department of Corrections and was released – after serving five years – on December 18, 2011. Mr. Crisostomo has no connection to this unsolved crime."

    King said that the disappearance of the Luhk sisters is "one of the most shocking and tragic crimes in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands."

    However according to King, relatives of Crisostomo confirmed that no human remains had been found at the site.

    The investigation at the Koblerville home is still ongoing, according to DPS spokeswoman Jacqueline Rae.

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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I wonder how they got a search warrant for his property if he really was in jail at the time...?
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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Different jurisdiction, I guess?
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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Police also searched WW2 tank in Kagman

    Two weeks after police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents dug up the backyard of a house in Koblerville to look for the possible remains of missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk last Feb. 17, police also searched a World War II-era concrete storage tank in Kagman, but again failed to find the two.

    A video released by the Department of Public Safety information office showed officers using a backhoe to open the tank, reportedly located in an abandoned lot. The digging was done last March 2.

    Shepard said Faloma and Malein Luhk will be 16 and 17 years old by now and DPS detectives said they will continue to work to try to find answers, close the case, and give the family the answers they need.

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    Luhk sisters’ disappearance enters 7th year

    The Diocese of Chalan Kanoa will hold a Mass of remembrance this Saturday for sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk, who mysteriously disappeared from a school bus stop near their home in As Teo seven years ago.

    As this developed, Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Michele M. Ernst told Saipan Tribune yesterday that the FBI remains committed to working with the CNMI Department of Public Safety to search for the missing sisters.

    “The FBI is urging anyone in the community who has any information to contact the FBI’s Saipan Office at (670) 322-6934,” Ernst said.

    Ernst declined to provide any specific updates pertaining to the FBI’s investigation.

    The diocese is inviting everyone to the Mass, regardless of religious affiliation, to gather as a community in worship and to light candles for the Luhk sisters. “May they never be forgotten,” the diocese said.

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    FBI vows to exhaust all leads

    Another Mass of Remembrance for missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk will be held at the Sta. Soledad Church in Kagman tomorrow, Friday, which marks the seventh year of the children’s mysterious disappearance in As Teo.

    As this developed, FBI special agent Arnold Laanui said yesterday that the Luhk sisters’ case is still open and under investigation by the FBI.

    “After seven years, the matter has yet to be resolved and the location and condition of the Luhk sisters has yet to be determined,” said Laanui in response to Saipan Tribune’s request for comments.

    Laanui said FBI special agents stationed on Saipan and Guam, as well as their law enforcement partners on both islands, continue to pursue and exhaust all leads in this matter,” he said.

    The FBI asks that anyone with information as to whereabouts of the sisters to come forward by contacting the FBI Saipan Office at 670-322-6934.

    Quitugua said the family is ready to accept whatever the findings will be in the investigation—either his granddaughters are alive or they are “no longer with us.”

    “We just have to accept the fact that they have been gone for seven years now,” Quitugua said.

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    FBI launches website for sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk, who went missing in Saipan

    The FBI on Thursday announced the launch of www.luhksisters.org, the latest in the ongoing search for sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk, who went missing in Saipan on May 25, 2011.

    The sisters disappeared in the early morning hours while walking to a school bus stop.

    The website features photos of the sisters when they disappeared and computer-generated renderings of what they might look like as they age.

    There's a section on the website that allows users to send tips and a section to review a user's submitted tip.

    There's $25,000 reward available for anyone who can provide information about Faloma and Maleina's whereabouts.

    Anyone with tips can also call the FBI office in Saipan at (670) 322-6934 or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' Department of Public Safety at (670) 664-9000.

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