The wives and children of two slain farmers arrived on Saipan from Fujian Province, China, on Saturday afternoon, Saipan Tribune learned.
Witnesses said it was an emotional scene at the Saipan International Airport, when the wives and the four children emerged from the airport at 5pm, bursting into tears as family members and several friends hugged them.
Victim Hai Ren Li, 51, has two sons, 25 and 26 years old. The other victim, Cheng Yu Li, 47, has also two children—a 21-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son.
Hai Ren Li has two sisters on Saipan. One owns a store.
The sister told Saipan Tribune yesterday that the wives and children have not seen the bodies yet at the Commonwealth Health Center’s morgue.
The sister, who requested not to be identified, said they are planning to have the bodies cremated before bringing them back to China.
As of yesterday, it was not clear yet whether Guam chief medical examiner Aurelio Espinola has already conducted an autopsy on the bodies.
The Li victims were last seen in the afternoon of Oct. 31 when they left their respective houses in As Lito and San Antonio to work at their farm in As Gonno between 12pm and 2:30pm.
On Nov. 1, part of a large group of Chinese community members that helped in the search found Hai Ren Li’s Toyota Tacoma that was abandoned under some tangan-tangan trees a few steps from the side of Magisa Drive in As Gonno. That same day, the searchers recovered items that belonged to Hai Ren Li strewn in the grassy area of a big field located along Tun Kioshi Road, behind the unfinished castle-shaped hotel.
The following day, Nov. 2, searchers found the victims’ bodies at the old airport runway in Koblerville.
Family members and friends of the victims urged authorities to investigate six local residents who are allegedly involved in extortion activities.