Missing teenager found dead in Arayat-A A +A
Monday, February 10, 2014
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A teenager who was allegedly abducted was found dead in Arayat town.
Police identified the victim as third year high school student Mike Aron Tolentino, 15, a resident of Barangay Barit, Candaba town.
According to police, the victim was last seen on February 2 in Sta. Monica, San Luis town where he was abducted near a waiting shed at the vicinity of Caniupan road by unidentified suspects on board a white L300 FV van and a motorcycle.
The victim’s father said that Tolentino told him that he was going to his classmate’s house to do a school project last week. But the father later found out that his son was supposedly to see the girl he was courting.
Three days after he was reported missing, on February 7, Arayat police discovered a dead male at the Pampanga River control in San Juan Bano, Arayat.
The victim’s corpse was retrieved by authorities but was immediately buried when no one claimed the body.
When the Tolentino family heard the news, they went straight to the Arayat Police Station to check the body and based on the pictures presented to them, they were able to identify the victim.
The victim was heavily tortured before he was killed based on the autopsy reports and the victim was strangled to death, police said, adding a witness saw the victim being beaten up and begging his unidentified attackers to stop.
The family said that the victim allegedly received a threat two weeks before he was abducted.
San Luis police have already identified a suspect, but Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police provincial director, said that they could yet divulge the identity of the suspect because they are still conducting a follow-up operation to arrest the other kidnappers who will be charged with murder in relation to violation of Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act. (Kristine Venet Q. Andal/Ric Sapnu)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 11, 2014.