Girl found in sep­tic tank stabbed 34x; Danao po­lice missed ar­rest­ing sus­pect

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! - HE 14-year-old girl found dumped in a sep tank in Danao City bore 34 stab wounds, and po­lice missed catch­ing her killer in his house. (MPS with re­ports from FVQ & AYB of Su­perBalita Cebu)

Dr. Ben­jamin Lara, medico-le­gal of­fi­cer of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP)-Cen­tral Visayas Crime Lab­o­ra­tory, said his au­topsy re­vealed that Tesa Marie Ygay had been stabbed in the neck and head 13 times, in her left arm 11 times, seven times in her body, twice in her left hand and once in her right hand.

There was no crack in her skull, and her brain did not show hem­or­rhage.

Be­cause Ygay’s body was al­ready de­com­pos­ing, it was dif­fi­cult for the medico-le­gal of­fi­cer to as­cer­tain if she had been raped.

She had been dead for more than 72 hours when Danao City po­lice found her body in an open sep­tic tank be­hind a pub­lic el­e­men­tary school in Barangay Co­gon Cruz.

She was not preg­nant, Lara said.

From the wounds on her arms, it was clear that Ygay par­ried the knife or bladed in­stru­ment used in at­tack­ing her, Lara said.

Danao City Po­lice Chief Lieu­tenant Colonel Mari­belle Geti­gan told re­porters that they had iden­ti­fied a se­cu­rity guard to be the girl’s killer.

Po­lice have not been able to ar­rest the sus­pect, Jessie Montes Med­e­qui­llo, 36, whom Ygay and her fam­ily met and knew.

Med­e­qui­llo is a se­cu­rity guard at the school where Ygay’s body was found.

At dawn of April 9, Danao City po­lice went to Med­e­qui­llo’s house in Barangay Tubu­ran Sur only to miss him, Geti­gan said. “Nagk­a­ba­lik­was” was how she put it.

The po­lice chief said they con­tinue to look for Med­e­qui­llo.

Ygay’s father re­ported her miss­ing last week when she did not come home. Ygay was liv­ing with her father in La­puLapu City to keep her away from Med­e­qui­llo, who had been threat­en­ing her.

Med­e­qui­llo was woo­ing his daugh­ter and was pos­ses­sive of her, Fe­limon Enoy said.

Last March 25, Med­e­qui­llo shaved his daugh­ter’s head in a fit of jeal­ousy and to stop her from go­ing out with friends, Enoy said.

Med­e­qui­llo had also burned his daugh­ter’s clothes.

Enoy said he learned that his daugh­ter had gone back to Danao upon the de­mand of Med­e­qui­llo who had threat­ened to kill her.

Enoy said he and his fam­ily went to Danao last Satur­day, April 6, and checked on Med­e­qui­llo in the school where he was as­signed to look for Ygay.

A fel­low se­cu­rity guard told him to check the guard house be­cause blood was all over it and that some­one had seen his daugh­ter en­ter­ing it.

Nei­ther Med­e­qui­llo nor his daugh­ter was in the guard house.

What Enoy found in­stead were a knife, a pick, a steel pipe and a rock traced with blood. He re­ported to the po­lice what he saw as well as his daugh­ter miss­ing.

Ygay and her fam­ily had known Med­e­qui­llo since she was 10 years old. The se­cu­rity guard had been send­ing her to school and he would take her with him dur­ing his duty. He of­ten had her sleep over at the guard house, po­lice chief Geti­gan said.

In an­other case, on March 11, a 16-year-old girl, Chris­tine Lee Si­lawan, was found dead with a grotesque face in an open lot in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City.

Her for­mer boyfriend was ar­rested a few days af­ter a P2-mil­lion bounty was put up.

On Tues­day, April 9, an­other sus­pect was ar­rested.

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