Suspect sought in killing
Police are looking for a man who may have been involved in the death of a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in a mountainous tourist area in the northern Philippines, officials said today.
Regional police chief Raul Gonzales said that a witness claimed he saw a man in the area of the shallow grave in Banaue township where Julia Campbell’s body was found on Wednesday, 10 days after she went missing. Police suspect foul play.
Senior Superintendent Pedro Ganir, police chief of Ifugao province, which includes Banaue, said the man was the husband of a woman who sold a Coca-Cola to Campbell before she headed off on a hike in the area’s famed mountainside rice terraces, a WorldHeritage site.
Ganir said investigators were looking into "robbery with homicide or rape with homicide," although an autopsy on Campbell’s body has not yet been carried out.
He said officers also recovered her other belongings scattered near the body, including coins and clothes.
Jun Addug, a Banaue councilor, said the witness was a 13-year-old boy.
The man police are trying to find allegedly rushed down to a dry creek when he realized the boy had spotted him, municipal council member Jun Addug said after speaking with the teenager.