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‘We will never give up’

The parents of the two missing Yamada sisters said they will not stop looking for Natsuki and Chinatsu Yamada who disappeared on June 30, 2014 after leaving the hotel they were staying in.

Hideki and Kozue Yamada, parents of the missing sisters Natsuki and Chinatsu Yamada, with Japan Consul Kinji Shinonada met with DPS officials on Monday at DPS central office.  Photo by Bryan ManabatHideki and Kozue Yamada, parents of the missing sisters Natsuki and Chinatsu Yamada, with Japan Consul Kinji Shinonada met with DPS officials on Monday at DPS central office. Photo by Bryan Manabat
The couple, Hideki and Kozue Yamada, after meeting with Department of Public Safety officials for update on the case on Monday said that for them, when their daughters went missing “time has stopped for them.”

“It feels like just yesterday that it happened, we will not give up looking for our two daughters,” said the Yamada couple.

This is the 21st time the couple came to Saipan to continue asking DPS and the community to help find the missing sisters.

As time passes by, people tend to forget, said the Yamadas.

They are asking the community to keep the missing incident in mind, and that maybe it could lead to new information.

Kinji Shinonata, Japanese Consul who accompanied the Yamada couple to DPs for an update on the investigation said, “This is very important, the incident happened here in the CNMI.”

“This is still an open case, we still have hope that somewhere we will find them alive and bring back to Japan,” he said. “This is our strong hope, we never give up, we will never give up.”

DPS public information officer Jackie Rae in a statement said there are no new details regarding the investigation on the Yamada sisters.

However, Rae said she had met with the parents of the missing sisters to discuss how DPS can work with them to raise public awareness regarding the case.

“And hopefully, generate new leads,” said Rae.

The video on the missing Yamada sisters that DPS will create will be provided to local media outlets and posted on social media to ask information from the public.

A reward of $10,000 for anyone who can provide information for the missing sisters was offered by the Yamadas.

The Yamadas also considered putting up a marker at Wing Beach with information, including contact numbers about their missing daughters to encourage the community to share whatever information about the missing women.

Natsuki, 33, and Chinatsu, 25, then, reportedly parked their rental car at Wing Beach, located near their hotel with car keys wrapped in a towel on the beach, but no sign of them. A deflated raft that was apparently used by the sisters was recovered at the beach.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was asked for an update on the investigation, but no reply was received as of press time.