CNMI historical artifacts stolen

This is one of the ancient shells which went missing on Thursday.

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.


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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.