AUTHORITIES are facing a blank wall in the killing of an unidentified woman whose body was found in Upper Zone 3, Agusan village, Cagayan de Oro City, over the weekend.
Police described the victim as in her 30's and about four feet and 11 inches to five feet tall.
Chief Inspector Ian Borinaga, Police Station 6 chief, said that a concerned citizen reported to the police that the victim was found naked at the roadside surrounded by grass and trees on Sunday dawn, August 20.
Investigators said the victim sustained about 16 stab wounds in different parts of her body and her face was intentionally burned by the unidentified suspects.
Borinaga said a witness noticed a fire in the area where the body was found after two men got off from a blue van-type multicab which arrived in the area around 3:40 a.m.
The vehicle then fled after a while heading down towards the national highway.
Borinaga said the suspects used gasoline in burning the victim's face.
Authorities will subject the victim's body into autopsy examination to determine the cause of death.
Borinaga said the victim's identity has yet to be known as of Monday afternoon, August 21, which gives authorities a hard time in the investigation.
The station commander also said the victim may not be a resident of Agusan or Balubal villages.
"Ang among pagtuo dili to taga Agusan or Balubal kay nakahibalo naman mga barangay officials ug hantod ron wala pay nag-claim sa biktima (We assume that the victim is not from Agusan or Balubal because the barangay officials know and until now no one is claiming her)," Borinaga said.
Police is asking anyone who has knowledge of the incident to report and coordinate with the investigators so suspects will be put behind bars and justice will be served to the victim.
"Maila pa ang biktima kay dili man totally burned ang dagway. Ang atong panawagan kinsa tong nakaila or dunay nahibal-an sa insidente sa pag-report aron madakpan nato ang mga suspects ug matagaan natong hustisya ang kamatayon sa biktima (The victim can still be identified since her face is not totally burned. We are urging those who know about the incident to report to us so we can give justice to the victim)," Borinaga said.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 22, 2017.