The Department of Public Safety in the Northern Mariana Islands has conducted an underwater search as part of efforts to find two missing school girls.
The Department, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, has spent five weeks looking for ten year-old Faloma Luhk and her nine year-old sister Maleina, who were last seen leaving their home in As Teo.
An administration spokesman, Angel Demapan, has told the Marianas Variety that a search operation was conducted at certain coastlines around the island of Saipan.
Meanwhile, a lawmaker, Representative Teresita Santos, has introduced a bill to ensure parents are notified immediately if students don't turn up to school.
The House Bill, or the Faloma and Meleina Notification Act of 2011, requires school staff to contact parents or guardians early in the morning if a student is absent without prior notification.