Pacific Island Sisters Go Missing; Search Moves To Mainland U.S.

Authorities have followed leads to Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.

March 25, 2019
Faloma Luhk, image enhanced to age 15; Maleina Luhk, image enhanced to age 14 [NCMEC]

Photo by: Faloma Luhk, image enhanced to age 15; Maleina Luhk, image enhanced to age 14 [NCMEC]

Faloma Luhk, image enhanced to age 15; Maleina Luhk, image enhanced to age 14 [NCMEC]

By: Michelle Sigona

TAO, SAIPAN — On May 25, 2011, sisters Maleina Luhk, age 9; and Faloma Luhk, age 10; left to catch their school bus from their home in Tao, Saipan, which is part of the Northern Mariana Islands — a U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific. They have not been seen or heard from since then.

At the time, the sisters lived with their grandparents after their mother reportedly had relocated to Guam. Shortly after the girls vanished, their mom is said to have moved again to Virginia.

Falohma Luhk, age 9 [NCMEC]

Photo by: Falohma Luhk, age 9 [NCMEC]

Falohma Luhk, age 9 [NCMEC]

The search for Maleina and Faloma has led investigators to track down leads in Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington state. Law-enforcement agents interviewed the girls’ parents and have not charged them with any crimes.

Talking to a reporter, FBI special agent Tom Simon said, "We found no human remains and no evidence of the girls’ disappearance. We consider this to be a good thing, not a bad thing, because it gives us hope that the girls are still alive somewhere and can be recovered safely."

Elbert Quitugua, Maleina and Faloma’s grandfather, told the press, “We are pretty sure that somebody out there has information. All we’re asking is that we are given closure in our search for the children. We all wish that the people who know something about their disappearance will find it in their hearts to help bring closure, and help us solve the case.”

Maleina Luhk, age 10 [NCMEC]

Photo by: Maleina Luhk, age 10 [NCMEC]

Maleina Luhk, age 10 [NCMEC]


Faloma Luhk:

  • Weight: 90 pounds
  • Height: 5 feet, 1 inch
  • Sex: Female
  • Race: Pacific Islander
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Current age: 18
  • Date of birth: February 9, 2001
  • Missing since: May 25, 2011
  • Missing from: Saipan, MP
  • Last seen wearing a light green shirt with a butterfly design and jeans

Maleina Luhk:

  • Weight: 65 Pounds
  • Height: 4 feet
  • Sex: Female
  • Race: Pacific Islander
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Current age: 17
  • Date of birth: February 13, 2002
  • Missing since: May 25, 2011
  • Missing from: Sainpan, MP
  • Last seen wearing white blouse and jeans
  • She has a birthmark on her left cheek

If you know anything about this case, please contact our hotline (833-3-PURSUE) or submit a tip online.

For more on this case, watch the “Murder in Appalachia” episode of In Pursuit With John Walsh on Wednesday, March 27 at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery! Or catch up on ID GO.

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