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PNP nabs Morales' murder suspect

April 15 - 21, 2017

MAASIN CITY - A 35-year-old farmer was recently arrested by local police for allegedly being the prime suspect in the murder of EJ Elms Drical Morales, a young boy who was reported missing over a year ago.

Police officers identified the suspect as Marvin Jurban Calapre a resident of barangay Badiang, Maasin City.

The suspect’s apprehension last Thursday (April 6), around 11:30 am at Purok Balimbing, Badiang, Maasin City, was in connection to the warrant of arrest issued against him by Regional Trial Court Judge Bethany Kapili, Presiding Judge, RTC Branch 24, with no bail recommended.

According to the warrant of arrest, under Criminal Case No. 17-03-4847, any officer of the law are hereby commanded to arrest Marvin Calapre, who is charged of the crime of Murder and to bring him forthwith before the Court to be dealt with according to law.

It was recalled that last March 2016, Novie Resus (missing boy’s godmother) disclosed to SLT that EJ had asked permission from his mother to watch a basketball game along the national highway and had not returned since.

Last August 20, 2016 the skeletal remains of a young male, in advanced state of decomposition, was discovered in a shallow grave near the rice plantation in the same village. It was believed to be that of EJ Morales because:

1) of the t-shirt found near the site which was identified by his relatives;

2) the victim was the only reported missing child in the locality at that time; and

3) the remains were believed to be that of a young male.

Provincial Director Warren de Leon said that the accused had been pin-pointed by some of the residents and relatives because of his alleged suspicious acts.

According to police investigators, the suspect had been reportedly seen frequenting the area where the skeletal remains were uncovered. He was also allegedly seen delivering food in a small nipa hut by some people after the child went missing.

Purported circumstantial evidences was also supposedly found against the accused since some of the residents claim that he was the last person seen together with the victim.

According to Maasin Chief of Police Alex Dang-Aoen, a piece of shirt (aside from EJ) was recovered in the crime scene, which was alleged by some residents in the area to be owned by the suspect.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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