Luhk sisters still missing 6 years after

Family assured by FBI that there is no let up in the investigation

Today, Thursday, marks the sixth year of the mysterious disappearance of sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk near a public school bus pavilion in As Teo, with still no trace of the children.

In an interview yesterday, Elbert Quitugua, grandfather of the Lukh sisters, said they will offer prayers at the 6pm Mass today at Santa Soledad Church in Kagman.

Quitugua said they are asking the community for their help to report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation should they have any information.

He disclosed that the FBI has actually been briefing him on the issue, assuring him they are not making this matter a cold case. “They are still actively pursuing… doing diligent investigation. They are still not letting it sleep as a cold case. They are still pursuing the investigation,” Quitugua said.

He said last month a staff from the FBI support center in Honolulu came and assured him that they are still not stopping the investigation.

“They are still actively doing something about it. Other than that, the family is struggling to find closure,” he said.

The parents of the children have been separated. The mother moved to Virginia from Guam a year ago. The father was last reported staying in Pohnpei.

Then 10-year-old Faloma and 9-year-old Maleina Luhk were last seen on May 25, 2011, waiting for a school bus near a bus stop pavilion in As Teo.

The sisters’ disappearance resulted in the most extensive search of missing persons in CNMI history for several months. A tracking dog from Hawaii was even flown to the island to conduct searches.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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