Just over four years ago, Maleina and Faloma Luhk waited to board their school bus in the U.S. territory of Saipan.


The two sisters, aged 9 and 10, were never seen again.

Since their disappearance on May 25 of 2011, officials have continued the search for the missing girls, now 12 and 13. Last week, the FBI released new age-enhanced photos of the sisters created by the National Center for Missing Children.

Officials hope the new photos will enable the public to assist in locating the girls. The FBI expanded the search to Northwest regions of the U.S., including Oregon.

Saipan is the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, located in the western Pacific. As Hawaii, Washington, and Oregon all contain higher populations originating from the Northern Mariana Islands, police speculate the girls may be found in one of these states.

“While we have no specific information that these girls are in Hawaii, there is a sizeable population from the northern Mariana Islands here, and we are hoping that someone may have some information for the FBI so we can close this troubling case,” FBI Special Agent Tom Simon told Khon2 News.

If you have seen these girls, or have any potential leads, please call 911 or 1-800-843-5678.

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