Mindanao Times

Suspect in kidnap-slay of girl, 16, slain in SK

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- A suspect in the abduction and killing of a 16-year-old girl in Banga town, South Cotabato province was killed in a police operation in Isulan town, Sultan Kudarat early Thursday.

Brig. Gen. Alfred Corpus, Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 (Soccsksarg­en) director, said Richard

Romo Gumilid, 31, was gunned down by operatives after reportedly trying to throw a hand grenade when they attempted to “invite” him for investigat­ion at about 2:25 a.m.

Corpus said the incident occurred by the roadside in front of Gumilid’s house in Barangay Kalawag 1.

He said Gumilid was initially identified as a “person of interest” in the kidnap-slaying of the victim, a resident of Banga town, who was reported missing on Monday and eventually found dead on Wednesday afternoon.

Gumilid, he said, resisted and was armed with a hand grenade when operatives managed to track him down at his residence.

“He became unruly and tried to throw the grenade, so he (had) to be neutralize­d,” Corpus said in a radio interview.

A police report from the Isulan municipal police listed Gumilid as single and a businessma­n from the area.

The Grade 10 student of the Notre Dame of BanA

ga was reported missing by her mother late Monday after she failed to return home from school and lost contact with her.

She was found with her hands tied and placed on a sack in a waterway in Purok Bagong Silang, Barangay Punong Grande in Banga at past 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Corpus said the results of the initial investigat­ion conducted by crime scene operatives showed that the victim could have died from drowning.

An autopsy conducted by personnel of the municipal health office said the victim had wounds on her neck and head.

Corpus said the initial findings were still inconclusi­ve as to whether the victim was sexually abused and the regional crime laboratory has recommende­d a DNA testing to ascertain the matter.

He said he ordered investigat­ors to dig deeper into the incident and determine the other possible cohorts of the suspect. “We want our investigat­ion to come out with a very clear case on this,” he said.

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