Woman found dead at Carcar motel

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED VIA PAUL LAURO

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Police in Carcar City, South Cebu, are currently investigating the death of a woman inside a motel on Thursday, May 5.

Carcar City Police Station Chief Lt. Col. Ardioleto Cabagnot confirmed a woman was found dead inside a motel midday Thursday.

Cabagnot said they are still verifying the identity of the victim since investigators found no identity card (ID) inside the room where she checked in.

Police received a death alarm from motel management around 12 p.m. Thursday.

Initial reports said the victim was with a male companion shortly before her body was discovered. They also believed that she may have died of strangulation since there were no wounds on her body.

Citing testimony from hotel staff and security guards, investigators said the woman checked into Room 19 at around 8.30am on Thursday.

Shortly after her arrival, a man joined her in the bedroom.

A few hours later, one of the security guards heard a woman shouting “tabang” (help in English) from room 19, prompting him to check the room.

“But it was the man who answered the guard and told him everything was fine,” Cabagnot told Cebuano.

The man, according to motel staff, came out of the room around 11:30 a.m. and told them he was just going to have lunch.

The still unidentified male companion did not return, however.

The motel staff went to check room #19 after noon, to ask the woman if she was going to extend her stay or not.

With no response from the woman, staff requested assistance from another security guard. They opened the room, only to find the woman lifeless.

Carcar City is a fifth-class component city in the province of Cebu, located about 40 kilometers southeast of the capital Cebu City. /rcg

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