CNMI authorities are in search of a piece of history that they believe has been stolen.
Three ancient shells that are considered priceless when it comes to their historical value went missing on Thursday.
The shells were unearthed in the village of Garapan in 1994 and were being stored at the Historic Preservation office on Capitol Hill in Saipan.
The artifacts were discovered missing when they were taken out for repair. A release from the CNMI Department of Public Safety states that the shells were placed on a table while awaiting an individual to repair some parts of the shell.
But the repair did not occur and when the shells were being returned to their assigned location, the inventory fell short three shells.
Authorities are requesting that anyone with information regarding the theft call CNMI Crime Stoppers at 670-234-7272.