Human remains discovered in the Northern Marianas have now been identified as belonging to an elderly male.
There were fears that the human remains, which had been dug up by a dog in an abandoned homestead area in Kagman, had belonged to one of the two missing Luhk sisters.
Our correspondent, Mark Rabago, says the identification was made using dental remains.
"After examination by authorities, they found out that the bones belong to a seventy year old man. So it's not any of the Luhk sisters, Faloma or Maleina, who went missing last May 25."
Mark Rabago says authorities are trying to identify the elderly man while the search for the missing sisters continues.
The girls had last been seen walking from their home to a school bus stop, but never caught the bus.