ORMOC CITY– A woman reported missing by her sister since Monday (June 17) was found lifeless by residents at about 12:10 a.m. two days later while they were fishing and looking for river frogs at the river in Barangay Rizal, Carigara, Leyte.

Police identified the victim as alias ‘Angel’, 28, single, a person with a disability (PWD), and a resident of Jaro, Leyte.

At around 12:10 a.m. on Wednesday (June 19), the station received a cellular phone call from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) regarding the body of a female found at the outskirts of the river in the vicinity of Brgy. Rizal.

Local police, together with barangay officials and watchmen, responded to the area. Upon arrival, they saw the lifeless body of the victim floating face down in the river, wearing a white undershirt and black shorts. The cadaver was already bloated.

With the help of residents, the victim was pulled from the water and brought to a local funeral parlor for a post-mortem examination at the rural health unit.

Initial investigations revealed that the cadaver was discovered by residents who were catching frogs and fish.

At around 2:50 pm on Tuesday (June 18), the victim’s sister had gone to the Carigara police requesting assistance in locating her missing sister, who had left their house at about 9:00 am last Monday (June 17).

Upon discovering the victim’s body, the police immediately notified the family. They identified and confirmed at the funeral home that the cadaver was indeed their missing family member. (ROBERT DEJON)