Murder In Peace Corps Death, Suspect In Killing Of American Teacher In Philippines Gone Missing

Autopsy Shows Murder In Peace Corps Death, Suspect In Killing Of American Teacher In Philippines Gone Missing – CBS News

(CBS/AP) Blows to the head killed a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer who was found buried in a shallow grave in a northern Philippine mountain village, officials said Saturday after an autopsy.

Julia Campbell, 40, of Fairfax, Virginia, suffered “multiple blunt traumatic injuries of the head,” police Chief Inspector Mamerto Bernabe, a pathologist who headed the autopsy, told reporters at a suburban funeral parlor.

Bernabe, assistant chief of the medico-legal division of the national police crime laboratory, said Campbell sustained “plenty” of injuries on the face and the top of the head.

“This only means that her death wasn’t an accident,” crime laboratory head Chief Superintendent Arturo Cacdac told The Associated Press.

He said Campbell’s arms also were injured, indicating that she tried to block the blows.

Campbell’s remains were immediately turned over to the Peace Corps after the six-hour autopsy, which was observed by U.S. forensic experts, he said.

“During the debriefing, the U.S. experts concurred with our own experts,” he said.

Cacdac said a full report will be submitted to national police chief Oscar Calderon. It may take up to three weeks to obtain results from DNA test on samples taken from “critical” parts of Campbell’s body, including her fingernails, he added.

Campbell’s body was found buried in a shallow grave Wednesday, 10 days after she went missing during a solo hike in the village of Batad in Banaue township to see the area’s famed mountainside rice terraces.

Regional police commander Chief Superintendent Raul Gonzales said the autopsy showed whoever was responsible “made sure she was dead.”

Senior Superintendent Pedro Ganir, police chief of Ifugao province, which includes Banaue, said police recovered a bloodstained pole used to pound rice made of hard wood near the residence of a suspect, who has gone into hiding.

Investigators said that a witness claimed he saw the man in the area of the grave where Campbell’s body was found on Wednesday, 10 days after she went missing.

The suspect has been identified as the husband of the woman who sold Campbell a Coca-Cola before she proceeded with her hike in the remote area — a World Heritage site — in Ifugao province, about 160 miles north of Manila.

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