New Washington local found dead

AKLAN – A woman believed to have been raped was dumped in an irrigation canal in New Washington, Aklan.

The lifeless body of 23-year-old Jennifer Zaulda – resident of Barangay Mataphao, New Washington – was found at around 5 a.m. on Thursday.  

Jennifer and her younger sister attended a birthday party of Mataphao Sangguniang Kabataan official on Wednesday evening. 

However, the victim’s sister went home early.

Jennifer failed to return home past midnight without contacting her family prompting her sister to go back in the birthday party.  She then sought for help to find the victim after she realized her older sister was missing.

Jennifer’s body was found hours later in the irrigation canal with head injuries and without lower garments.

“Nanawagan ako sa mga suspek na sumuko at aminin sa amin kung sino talaga ang pumatay sa aking anak. Posibleng ni-rape at pinaanod si Jennifer sa irigasyon. Sana tulungan ninyo kami para mahanap ang hustisya,” said Jennifer’s mother Jocelyn.

Four ‘persons of interest’ were identified by the New Washington police but the focus remains on tracking down the suspect or suspects and bringing them to justice.

A suspect now under police custody, however, denied taking part in the crime.

A crime scene investigator said the autopsy of Jennifer’s body would help the police in its investigation. 

“Natagpuan nila ang biktima sa tubig, walang undergarments. Ngunit pagdating natin, dito na sa barangay road ang bangkay. May sugat sa noo ang biktima,” added the investigator.(Akean Forum/PN) 

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