‘Saleh’s cellphone’s final signal was 9am on Oct. 3’

The last signal from missing lawyer Jamal A. Saleh’s cellphone was at 9am last Tuesday, Oct. 3, according to sources.

Police said the 49-year-old Saleh apparently could not sleep and went for a walk at 1:30am that same day, Oct. 3.

Since then, police said that Saleh’s friend had been texting him but got no reply.

Police responded at 11:36am last Oct. 3 to a complaint that Saleh, of the Office of the Public Defender, had been missing from his As Teo residence.

The Department of Public Safety released information to the media the following day, Oct. 4, that Saleh was missing.

Sources said that Saleh had a cellphone and that the cell tower signal points to the phone being on Saipan’s eastern side.

That’s why the police conducted the search in As Teo, Kagman, Laulau Beach, and San Vicente last Thursday, Friday, and Monday.

Sources also disclosed yesterday that no family member of Saleh has yet to inquire with DPS about his disappearance.

Saleh, assistant public defender at the OPD, has Arab/Indian native features. He and his girlfriend, assistant public defender Shoshanah Epstein, arrived on Saipan from New Mexico last May to work at the OPD.

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Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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