POLICE are looking for a foreigner who was allegedly responsible for the death of another foreigner, whose charred body was discovered after firefighters doused the flames that engulfed a sports utility vehicle in Sitio Lower Busay, Barangay Busay, Cebu City last Thursday afternoon.
A woman claiming to be the wife of the victim said the vehicle, a Toyota RAV4 model, was owned by Craeg Keith Ratcliffe.
Jocelyn Wilson went to the Homicide Section and told investigators that the charred remains may belong to her husband, Timothy Avery Wilson, 60.
Ratcliff allegedly owed Timothy US$500,000. The two were reportedly partners in a mining business.
Jocelyn said her husband accompanied Ratcliff last Thursday, thinking the suspect would pay off his debts. She did not think anything bad would happen, considering she was exchanging text messages with Ratcliff’s wife during that time.
“Akong nahibaw-an niya naa man gud siyay utang, loan nga kwarta ba. Nya giingong mobayad siya, mao tong niari sila sa Cebu (From what I know, Ratcliff owed my husband. That he was going to pay. That was why the came to Cebu),” she said in a CCTN report.
The Wilsons live in Barangay Tajao, Pinamungajan.
Supt. George Ylanan, the deputy city director for operations, said they already considered Ratcliff a suspect.
A witness also saw Ratcliff buying gasoline from a gasoline station across the hotel in Busay where the suspect stayed.
Jocelyn identified Ratcliff from a footage taken from the hotel’s closed-circuit televisioncamera.
Homicide Section Chief Elisandro Quijano said they cannot say with finality that the charred remains belong to Wilson until they get the autopsy result and dental records.
Last Thursday morning, Timothy went with Ratcliff, who resides in Barangay Looc, Calatrava, Negros Occidental.
Jocelyn told police she could not contact her husband on his phone for several hours later that day. When she heard a radio report about a dead person being discovered inside a fire-wrecked vehicle in Busay, she immediately traveled to the city.
She said she believes her husband was killed before the vehicle was set on fire.
Quijano said they can only determine when the victim died through the autopsy and the DNA test.
Police are also coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration and port officials to prevent the suspect from fleeing.