Saipan – The tracking expert dog from Hawaii finally arrived on Saipan yesterday and immediately was put to work in the search for missing sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk.
The 2 girls have been missing since May 25.
[Photo courtesy Saipan Tribune: Haidee Eugenio]
FBI special agent Tom Simon said Pohaku’s search yesterday ended at 4pm, but like FBI and local police searches the previous 22 days, failed to locate 10-year-old Faloma and 9-year-old Maleina. Simon didn’t say the areas covered by Pohaku’s search.
The Saipan Tribune reports that the 2-year-old black Labrador retriever was accompanied by two of its handlers Shay Walden and Kuma Davis.
The dog and the two handlers are from the Urban Search and Rescue Canine Unit of the Hawaii State Civil Defense.
Simon said Pohaku has had some success in many search missions in Hawaii and other countries. On Saipan, it is expected to search jungles, abandoned buildings, and houses.
He said the dog will be on Saipan for as long as he is needed at targeted areas and Pohaku’s length of search will depend on the weather and humidity.