Per­son of in­ter­est in teen’s killing held

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By RA­MON EFREN LAZARO – With Rey Galupo

There is now a per­son of in­ter­est in con­nec­tion with the death of 16-year-old Michael Re­me­cio whose re­mains were re­cov­ered in San Jose del Monte City in Bu­la­can.

San Jose del Monte City po­lice chief Supt. Fitz Macar­i­ola did not iden­tify the per­son of in­ter­est and clar­i­fied that the per­son is not yet con­sid­ered a sus­pect.

The de­com­pos­ing re­mains of Re­me­cio, of Barangay 176 in Caloocan City, was found last Sept. 13 with his hands tied with a cord and placed in­side a sack thrown in a creek in San Jose del Monte, said Macar­i­ola.

He said the face of the vic­tim was no longer rec­og­niz­able due to the ad­vance state of de­com­po­si­tion.

The vic­tim’s par­ents were able to iden­tify the body through a scar on his back and the clothes he was wear­ing.

Macar­i­ola said the body of the vic­tim was re­leased to his par­ents on Fri­day.

On the other hand, Chief Supt. Amador Cor­pus, Cen­tral Lu­zon po­lice di­rec­tor, said DNA sam­ples were sub­mit­ted to the crime lab­o­ra­tory for ex­am­i­na­tion.

The Public At­tor­ney’s Of­fice (PAO) yes­ter­day said the au­topsy re­sult of the re­mains of Re­me­cio is not con­clu­sive as to the cause of death.

San Jose Del Monte chief of po­lice Supt. Fitz Macar­i­ola, on the other hand, said the re­sult of the DNA test is yet to be re­leased and cause of death based on the au­topsy could not be de­ter­mined.

The Re­me­cio fam­ily would have to wait for the DNA test re­sults to de­ter­mine if the ca­daver was their miss­ing son.

PAO rep­re­sen­ta­tives went to the house of the Re­me­cios on Fri­day and took the ca­daver to their main of­fice in Que­zon City for fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion.

Af­ter more than five hours, PAO foren­sic ex­perts fin­ished the ex­am­i­na­tion but said it was hard to de­ter­mine the cause of death due to the ad­vance state of de­com­po­si­tion, but they are in­clined to be­lieve the vic­tim was stabbed.

They said the den­tal ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed that the vic­tim could be at least 15-16 years old.

Ac­cord­ing to the par­ents, their son had un­der­gone ap­pen­dec­tomy and suf­fered a bro­ken arm sev­eral years ago.

Macar­i­ola said he ex­pects no dis­crep­ancy in the po­lice and PAO’s find­ings.

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