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. 

DPS spokesperson Jacqueline Rae Shepard disclosed in the video that police officers and FBI agents searched a home in Koblerville early last month as part of the revived search for the missing Luhk sisters.

That was the first search efforts for the Luhk sisters since 2011, Shepard said.

Two weeks later, an anonymous tip led DPS officers to the abandoned lot in Kagman, she said.

Shepard said that, according to the tipster, the bodies of the sisters can be found inside the tank in that abandoned lot in Kagman.

Shepard said that officers dug and sifted every piece of debris inside the tank for eight hours but the remains of the Luhk sisters were not found.

“There are no clues as to where they might be and once again the case goes cold,” she said.

For the safety of Kagman residents, she said, the tank is now closed but the case of the missing sisters remains open.

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.

With respect to the Feb. 17 search in Koblerville, the Crisostomo family said the police’s and FBI’s search on their property was laughable but also shamed the family.

In her declaration filed in Superior Court, Annie A. Crisostomo said the police and FBI found nothing during the search of the property.

In her declaration, Evelyn A. Crisostomo said her entire family is in shock and that they are deeply ashamed because of the search.

Annie and Evelyn Crisostomo’s declarations were attached in the Crisostomo family’s motion for the Superior Court to unseal the search warrant.

Attorney Janet H. King filed the motion as counsel for siblings Joseph, Annie, Evelyn, and Calistro Crisostomo.

King said the Crisostomo family had their lives suddenly disrupted by a very public search of their property and that no members of the family have been charged with any crimes related to the search.

This coming May 25 marks the seventh year of the mysterious disappearance of the Luhk sisters near a school bus pavilion in As Teo, with still no trace of the children.

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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