Posted on Jun 20 2011

The disappearance of Faloma and Maleina Luhk will mark its fourth week tomorrow, Wednesday. Here is a look at the timeline:

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.

May 28, 29: A helicopter from the U.S. Navy and a C-130 plane from the U.S. Air Force join the islandwide search.

May 30: FBI agents talk with Elbert, Jane, and Jermain Quitugua. Elbert said they cooperated with federal agents in the investigation.

May 31: FBI announced the fielding of an additional 20 special agents and support staff, including members of the Child Abduction Response Deployment Team.

June 1: Elbert Quitugua and family hold a press briefing at their residence in As Teo, appealing for help in finding the girls.

June 2: Ruhtik Luhk, the girls’ biological father, breaks his silence, speaking to the Saipan Tribune on the phone from his residence in Pohnpei.

June 3: FBI Guam chief Steve L. Moore says they are thinking of bringing in trained dogs for the search. FBI and DPS seek information about the girls’ backpacks.

June 4, 5: More volunteers troop to Kagman Community Center, where DPS set up an Incident Command Post, to join the search called “Operation Hope.”

June 7: FBI offers cash reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the girls’ safe return or for information on anyone responsible for their disappearance. Cash reward reaches $12,000 as NMI Crime Stoppers and IT&E each offer a $1,000 cash reward.

June 8: FBI agents and police investigators scour a garbage heap at the Marpi landfill to look for clues on the girls’ disappearance. Sorensen Media Group Saipan branch manager Tina B. Palacios puts up $1,000 cash reward.

June 9: Garbage collectors tell Saipan Tribune they did not see the sisters at the bus stop in As Teo on May 25, but disclosed that they twice spotted a pickup truck in the area just days before the girls’ disappearance. Rabby Syed’s Saipan Taxi Association puts up $500 cash reward, bringing total cash reward to $13,500.

June 13: FBI, DPS teams end search at the landfill with no evidence or clues found.

June 14: FBI discloses that they were able to reach Ruhtik Luhk in Pohnpei, and is convinced that the girls are not there and that he is not responsible for their disappearance. Pacific Amusement Inc. offers $10,000 cash reward, bringing total cash reward to $23,500.

June 15: FBI and DPS seeks the public’s help on a potential lead in the girls’ disappearance—a man who has a distinctive birthmark on the right cheek. Elbert Quitugua discloses that the family and an anonymous donor are offering $10,000 cash reward, bringing total cash reward to $33,500.

June 16: Hawaii’s State Civil Defense’s tracking expert dog, Pohaku, begins searching for the girls.

June 20: Bridge Capital, LLC, through its chairman, John K. Baldwin, adds $16,500 to the pot, bringing cash reward to a total of $50,000.

[I]Source: Saipan Tribune archives[/I]

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