Missing WWII soldiers buried on CNMI - NGO

8:10 am on 27 May 2016

An organisation that retrieves the remains of soldiers who died in the Pacific during the Second World War, believe there are over 4,000 missing soldiers buried on a Northern Marianas island.

The group, Kuentai USA, says the Japanese and American soldiers are buried on Tinian.

The Marianas Variety reports two Kuentai representatives and a member of the Japan Youth Memorial Association have brought a map to the CNMI which is said to determine where the remains are likely buried.

The group says the research-based map shows around 83 bodies are believed to be buried on property being leased by casino investor Alter City Group for development.

A member of Japan Youth Memorial Association, Yukari Akatsuka, says the remains of 4,000 Japanese and 79 American soldiers need to be recovered so they can be returned to their respective families.

The group said they will discuss the issue with Alter City Group, and also with Tinian's Mayor Joey San Nicolas.