Missing lady mentor found dead in Ecija irrigation canal

SAN JOSE CITY -- The frantic search for a public school teacher who went missing after she was last seen alighting from a bus here on April 14 has ended in tragedy.

This after the decomposing body of Annah Marie Astrero, 39, was allegedly found in an irrigation canal in Bgy. Linglingay, Science City of Muñoz at 1 p.m. on June 12.

Police here initially went to the area to check on the recovered cadaver if it belonged to the missing teacher since it was described to be wearing a blue jumpsuit, a Max brand gray sweater a blue Jack Daniels shirt and bra.

Police head Lt. Col. Heryl Bruno said Jerico, the teacher’s 39-year-old husband, of Zone 2, Bgy. Porais then proceeded to the place and positively identified the same clothings to be his wife’s.

Police records showed that the said teacher was reported missing by her husband since April 14.

Jerico told probers that his wife was on her way home here from Caloocan City aboard a Baliwag Transit bus on the night of April 13 but failed to come home since.

According to witnesses’ accounts and CCTV footages, Bruno said the woman alighted from the bus in front of the AUB Bank along Maharlika Highway in Bgy. Malasin at 12:30 a.m. and allegedly boarded a tricycle and since then she could not be located.

He said probers identified tricycle driver Wilfredo Salvador alias Pogz/Junior as a person of interest in the case as he was seen roaming around driving his black Kawasaki Barako tricycle with stainless sidecar at the bus stop where the teacher alighted.

However Bruno said for no apparent reason Salvador was found dead by allegedly committing suicide at room 22 of the Tokyo Suites in Bgy. Abar 1st on May 2 or 18 days after Annah Marie went missing.

Police recovered from Salvador’s possession a black Samsung B500 mobile phone with two TM SIM cards and a memory card which were turned over to the regional police anti-cybercrime unit 3 for digital forensic examination.  

Bruno said the teacher’s remains were brought to the Infinity Funeral Homes in Sto. Domingo town for autopsy.