A 16-YEAR-OLD girl whose face was bruised and deformed and believed to have been raped was found in a grassy lot in Antipolo City on Friday.
SPO3 Edwin Caimoso, deputy commander of Antipolo Police Community Precinct (PCP-2), said the victim was identified as Rona May Castillo, Grade 10 student, and resident of Old Boso-Boso, Bgy. San Jose, Antipolo City.
Police also said the victim was strangled to death by using her own school ID.
Investigation showed the body of Castillo was discovered by a farmer at around 2 p.m. in a grassy lot along Sitio Binayoyo, Barangay Calawis.
The witness said he was getting grass when he noticed a bag of the victim.
He immediately checked and was shocked to find a foot sticking out from the bushes prompting him to report to authorities.
According to Barangay Chairman Allan Abonio, the victim was still wearing her school uniform but her blouse was unbuttoned and she has no lower garments which made him suspect the victim was raped.
The victim also was hit by a hard object because her face was bruised and deformed.
The police also said the girl was reported missing since Thursday. She went to school but was not able to go home.
Police said they arrested three suspects considered as persons of interest including the victim’s uncle, reportedly the last person seen with the victim before she was found dead.
But the uncle vehemently denied the allegations, adding that the victim used to live in his house and treated her almost like one of his own children.
The suspect said he was with a teacher when he last saw the victim walking from school.
Police are still investigating the incident.