January 24, 2017Written by JEFFREY C. TIANGCO with KENNETH JOHN I. LUNA
AT least eight muscled hands were believed to have held Richelle Sagang, a house helper — which was uncanny. The 17-year-old victim couldn’t have possibly escaped from the grip of even one man. Then they decapitated her.
As the teener’s screaming red blood spilled all over, the four fiends prepared to dump her head and body separately. The jigsaw killers had accomplished their task. The Southern Police District (SPD) tagged at least four suspects responsible in the killing and beheading a woman, whose body and her severed head were found in Bulacan and Makati after the victim had been identified by no less than her father, the other day.
Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario Jr., SPD director, declined to identify the suspects, two men and two women, but disclosed that a manhunt operation was launched following the creation of Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) tasked to solve the gruesome crime.
He stressed that SITG operatives have leads that “hopefully would lead to the immediate arrest of the suspects.
“Yes, may lead na ang binuo nating special investigation task group sa suspects and hopefully within three days may development na tayo,” Apolinario said.
He, however, added that police are waiting for the results of the DNA test of the victim “para masigurado,” apparently referring to the teener’s identity.
Earlier, Makati police chief Senior Supt. Milo Pagtalunan confirmed that a certain Noel Sagang, from Surigao del Norte, identified the victim as his teen daughter Richelle, who worked as a house helper at Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City.
“Lumalabas na nagtugma ’yung physical descriptions ng tatay doon sa anak niya at sa katawan nang puntahan niya sa morgue sa Bulacan.”
Pagtalunan said Sagang managed to identify the victim through her mole in her right shoulder as well as the black long sleeve T-shirt and blue leggings.
The victim’s body was earlier found last Jan. 12 after it was dumped along the road in Barangay Casio, Sta. Maria, Bulacan at 11 p.m.
Two days later, a severed head was found floating on a creek along Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City by a construction worker.
According to an online report, Senior Police Officer 2 Dominador Robles, homicide investigator of Makati Police Station Investigation and Detective Management Branch, said a construction worker reported to him that he found a head which he first thought to be mannequin’s head until he examined it.
Further investigations were done. Robles said a farmer from Surigao Del Norte claimed that the head her that of daughter Richelle.
Reports showed that the victim was last seen near her working area on January 12 at around 11 p.m. the same day when a headless body was found in Bulacan. Two days after, a woman’s head was found in Balisacan Creek at Barangay Pinagkaisahan, Makati City.
Based from an online report, the head had a bullet wound in the forehead but the neck was neatly sliced off, matching the reported headless body found in clean-cut neck and other bruises.
The online report said the police are still waiting for the results of the DNA test to confirm the 54-year old farmer’s claim and the Makati investigators are working hand-in-hand with the Bulacan police to solve the case. They are also conducting a review of the closed-circuit television camera in Makati to determine the possible suspect.