A 24-year-old man with special needs was reportedly detained by the police before he was found dead in a creek in Barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City last Monday.

A woman who knows Mick (real name withheld) said on Facebook that the Police Station 2 released him, after he was caught last Saturday night.

Wilma (not her real name) wrote that Mick would have seizures if he failed to take his medicines.

Cebu City Police Office Director Joel Doria assured that an investigation will be conducted to verify the information.

He said he spoke with Police Station 2 Chief Hugo Ipong, who denied they held a man with special needs in their custody.

For her part, Wilma was also told the police did not listen when neighbors told them that Mick was a special child.

“If you don’t know the child, there are several options that you can initiate. You can approach radio stations,” Wilma wrote in Cebuano.

PO3 Henry Abatayo denied the allegation, saying they did not arrest a mentally ill man last Saturday night.

“Actually, kung naay special needs or child i-hold gyod na namo diri. Di gyod na namo i-release, maunsa palang na sa gawas (If there are children with special needs, we will hold them. We will not release them because we are concern of their safety),” he said.

When shown the picture of Mick, Jonel Roflo, a detainee for carrying illegal drugs, confirmed Mick was with them last Saturday night, but the police released the latter on the same night.

Doria said that the detainee was possibly making up a story to put the police station in a bad light.

Mick’s relatives posted on Facebook that he was missing and they also reported it to the police station.

Investigators gathered information that Mick was often seen picking plastic cups and bottles in the river.

Wilma, however, belied this, saying they never saw Mick pick up trash before.