Northern Mariana Islands Part Deux

Per Jamie: Three articles about missing persons in the NMIs. Human bones have turned up, unearthed by a dog; they’re not sure whose they are yet, but there’s speculation that the bones are from one of the missing Luhk sisters. Apparently those in the know don’t think the victim has been dead all that long and if it is in fact Faloma or Maleina, she was kept alive for several weeks after the girls disappeared in late May.

There’s also an article about the 1998 disappearance of Rosaline Santos Camacho, mother of four and a police officer’s wife, from Saipan. Her car was found abandoned near a golf course and her shoes were on a cliffline nearby. According to Rosaline’s family, the police mishandled the investigation by not treating it as a crime, not processing the car or dusting it for prints or anything. I’m not sure whether “cliffline” means the top edge of a cliff or right at the bottom of a cliff. It was the top of a cliff, maybe Rosaline fell off into the ocean? Or the police assumed she had and that’s why they handled the disappearance so nonchalantly?

And there’s this article about seven people who’ve been missing from the NMIs going back to 1995. No pictures, unfortunately. All adults, between 24 and 79: Qi Run Li, John Garcia Manahane, Manuel L. Dela Cruz, Yuji Watanabe, Ngai Fung Chang and his girlfriend Lai Meung Kou, and Tian Ming.

Northern Mariana Islands

I was looking at the NCMEC site today and I came across this poster for two sisters, Faloma and Maleina Luhk, age ten and nine respectively, who disappeared on May 25, 2011. Listed as non-family abductions. I was a bit confused when I saw they were missing from “Saipan, MP.” That didn’t match any state abbreviation I had heard of.

Then I figured out that “MP” was the Northern Mariana Islands, which until an hour ago I didn’t know were part of the US. (Not sure what the P stands for. Maybe it was just that NM and MI were already taken?) I have a few cases from Guam but never a case from the Northern Mariana Islands. For that matter I was barely aware of their existence until today. But if these girls are still missing come November, I’ll have not just one Northern Mariana Islands case but two.

Makes me feel kind of ashamed how ignorant I am about my own country. When I was in college I had to look it up to see if the Bahamas were their own country or a US territory like the Virgin Islands.