Family marks 9th year of Luhk sisters’ disappearance

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NINE years ago, sisters Faloma, 10, and Maleina Luhk, 9, were last seen at the bus stop in As Teo at 6:10 a.m. on May 25, 2011.

They were waiting for a school bus to take them to Kagman Elementary School. They missed the bus and were reported missing.

Despite a massive local and federal law enforcement effort to locate them, they are still missing, and their cases remain unsolved.

Elbert Quitugua, the sisters’ grandfather, told Variety on Friday that there was no new information about his grandchildren.

“We continue to ask the community for any information regarding the disappearance of Faloma and Maleina,” he said. “If you have any information, please come forward.”

This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, he said the family could not go to church to attend a Mass to mark the ninth anniversary of the sisters’ disappearance.

Faloma and Maleina Quitugua Luhk

But he said they prayed at the makeshift shrine they had built on the spot in As Teo where the Luhk sisters were last seen.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, for its part, remains dedicated to work with the CNMI Department of Public Safety to find Faloma and Maleina Luhk, FBI spokeswoman Michele Ernst said.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for any information leading to the whereabouts of the two sisters. 


A shrine for the missing sisters Maleina and Faloma Luhk was installed near the spot where they were last seen nine years ago in As Teo. The shrine is maintained by their immediate family members. Photo by Elbert Quitugua.

“We are grateful for the input received and encourage anyone with information to contact the FBI’s Saipan Office at 322-6934,” Ernst said.

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