Website seeks tips on Luhk sisters

Girls’ grandfather welcomes FBI’s move, prays for closure in the case

The Federal Bureau of Investigation launched yesterday a new website dedicated to locating sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk, who have been missing for over seven years now.

According to the FBI, the website, www.luhksisters.org, will provide an easy way to submit tips and share information that could help solve the mystery behind the Luhk sisters’ disappearance.

Elbert Quitugua, the grandfather of the girls, described the creation of the website as a good move on the part of the FBI because some people are scared of coming out in the open about what they know. With this website, it’s going to be anonymous.

Quitugua said that, with the website, people can come provide information via the website instead of becoming known as the one who gave the tip.

He said this way makes it more accessible and easy for tips and information.

“The family is still praying that somebody will come out and give information to close this case. It’s very painful for the family,” Quitugua said.

In its press release yesterday, FBI encouraged anyone with any information to visit the site and share information—“keeping in mind that no tip is too small.”

The FBI said it remains dedicated to working with the Department of Public Safety to find the missing girls and is urging anyone in the community who has knowledge of the matter to visit the website or contact the FBI’s Saipan office at (670) 322-6934.

Faloma and Maleina, who were ages 10 and 9 at the time of their disappearance, were last seen waiting at a bus stop shelter near their home in As Teo, Saipan on the morning of May 25, 2011.

The sisters’ disappearance sparked a monthlong search conducted by FBI, DPS, and other law enforcement agencies as well as civilian volunteers on Saipan, but no trace was found on their whereabouts.

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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