Wit­ness sur­faces in bank em­ployee’s rape-slay

The Philippine Star - - METRO - Non Alquitran

The East­ern Po­lice Dis­trict (EPD) has in its cus­tody a bus driver deemed to be a wit­ness in the case of a bank em­ployee who was found dead, ap­par­ently raped, in the garage of a tow­ing firm in Pasig City last Sun­day.

Randy Oave­nada is “help­ing us in iden­ti­fy­ing the sus­pects in the rape-slay” of Ma­bel Ta­laga Cama, 22, EPD di­rec­tor Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ro­mulo Sa­pit­ula said yes­ter­day.

Cama, an em­ployee of the Malayan Bank in Makati City, was last seen alive by Oave­nada in the Mega Bus ter­mi­nal, for­merly an im­pound­ing area of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, in Barangay Rosario at around 10 p.m. Satur­day.

The wit­ness saw two men be­hind Cama as she was tex­ting her fam­ily to open the pas­sage lead­ing to their house, Chief In­spec­tor Robert Gar­cia, po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion chief, said.

“The wit­ness left to eat din­ner. When he re­turned minutes later Cama and the two men were no longer around,” Gar­cia said in an in­ter­view.

He said two teams are scour­ing the city and other ar­eas to find the two men, whom said are “per­sons of in­ter­est.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are also co­or­di­nat­ing with the tow­ing firm’s se­cu­rity guard fol­low­ing re­ports that a woman was heard scream­ing for help at the time Cama “dis­ap­peared.”

Cama’s body was found in the tow­ing firm’s garage. Half her body had been set on fire and she was naked from the waist up. Her un­der­wear was found be­side her body while her per­sonal be­long­ings were miss­ing.

Gar­cia said they are still wait­ing for the au­topsy re­port to de­ter­mine the cause of her death and whether she was in­deed raped. –

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