Widow asks the court to declare her missing husband deceased


A widow has filed a petition to have the court declare her husband, who has been reported missing since August 2010, deceased.

Jing Zhi Li, through counsel Bruce Berline, requested the Superior Court yesterday to issue an order establishing a presumption of death of her husband, Jianke Li, who disappeared when he and his companion went cliff fishing at Naftan Point on Saipan.

Li asked the court to order the office of vital statistics to prepare a death certificate for her missing husband.

On Aug. 9, 2010, authorities located Jianke’s companion, Jian Sheng, who was drowned in the waters at the bottom of the cliff where the two had been fishing, according to police and court records.

According to Berline, the Li couple has two children—ages 23 and 12 years old.

Berline said Jianke Li has been missing from his last known place of domicile for five years or longer.

Berline said Jianke Li was last heard from on Aug. 8, 2010.

The lawyer said Jianke Li departed his home in San Antonio around 8pm on Aug. 8, 2010, to go cliff fishing at Naftan Point.

The following morning, Aug. 9, 2010, Jianke Li and his companion, Jian Sheng, had not returned home and were reported missing to the Department of Public Safety.

Berline said authorities conducted a land and sea search for the missing fishermen.

That same day, Sheng’s body was located in the waters at the bottom of the cliff.

Berline said the search was terminated in the evening of Aug. 11, 2010.

Berliner said Jianke Li was never located by authorities.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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