Cybercrime unit examining USTP president’s phone
Apolice official yesterday, December 7, said investigators now have Dr. Ricardo Rotoras’ mobile phone and are now set to retrieve and scour the murdered university president’s phone records and text messages for possible leads.
Chief Inspector Mardy Hortillosa II, spokesperson of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), said Rotoras’ mobile phone is now with the police’s Cybercrime unit for the retrieval of messages and call records.
“Basin naay mga communication didto nga makahatag og lead sa kaso (Maybe there are communication that could help give more leads in the investigation),” Hortillosa said.
Hortillosa said investigators will also ask the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for assistance in tracing the calls and messages.
Hortillosa also confirmed footage taken from a Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) near the crime scene obtained by the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Rotoras is a bit blurry and is giving investigators a hard time in identifying the killers.
The plate number of the pickup truck used by the suspects as getaway vehicle was also only vaguely captured by the CCTV.
But the police official experts may still be able to enhance the CCTV footage.
“Kung dili kaya sa NBI and Cybercrime diri basin dad-on siya sa Manila kay dili gyud maklaro ang kuha sa CCTV. Kung ma-enhance na diha na nato maklaro (we may have to bring the CCTV footage to Manila if this can not be enhance by the NBI and the Cybercrime unit here),” Hortillosa said.
Investigators are checking if other cameras along the exit route of the subdivision may have recorded images of the perpetrators.
He said police is also examining the office of Rotoras inside the university for possible clues to the murder.
The office of the state-run university president inside the campus has been locked and guarded by the school administration.
Hortillosa said they will no longer place police personnel outside Rotoras’ office since it is not a crime scene and the school’s administration had the said office locked and secured.