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FBI, DPS conduct search on Koblerville property

FALOMA Luhk, then-10 years old, and her sister Maleina, then-9, were last seen on May 25, 2011, waiting for a school bus near a bus stop pavilion in As Teo.

After almost seven years and following a massive search effort that involved federal authorities, there is still no information regarding the children’s possible whereabouts.

But on Saturday morning, Variety learned that the Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant on a residential property owned by the mother of Joseph Crisostomo, a convicted murderer.

Variety was told that there was probable cause to search the residential compound which includes an unpainted semi-concrete structure in Koblerville.

“There is now being concealed or buried in the ground, human remains believed to be those of the missing Luhk sisters: Faloma and Maleina,” the warrant stated.

Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation brought in a backhoe and began digging on Saturday.

From 15 to 20 police officers and FBI agents were engaged in the search on the property.

Local and federal agents execute a search warrant, Saturday, on a residential property in Koblerville.  Contributed photoLocal and federal agents execute a search warrant, Saturday, on a residential property in Koblerville. Contributed photo

The search warrant was signed by Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho.

Early Sunday evening, a resident in the area told Variety that “most likely, no remains were found on the property.”

Attorney Janet King, who served as Crisostomo’s defense counsel, said: “In executing their search warrant, the police and FBI destroyed the property: dug up land, damaged concrete…broke a water pipe [and] cut trees.”

She added, “One thing that separates the U.S. from the rest of the world is the Constitutions of the United States and the CNMI. The Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. We all have a certain expectation of privacy that can only be breached by probable cause and a search warrant.”

In 2014, a jury found Joseph Crisostomo guilty of kidnapping, robbing,raping, and murdering Emie Romero in 2012. He was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or work release.

Crisostomo has an extensive criminal record, not including his juvenile record, and is reported to be a person of interest in other cold cases.

According to Variety news files, Crisostomo was released from prison on Dec. 18, 2011 after having served five years for burglary and theft.