THE four men who were found buried in two separate shallow graves in Brgy. Cogon, Compostela town, Cebu, had been stabbed multiple times, a police forensics expert said on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.
One of the four victims, now identified as Elmer Cañeda Enamoria, a 20-year-old construction worker from Brgy. Bulacao-Pardo, Cebu City, was stabbed 16 times, five on his neck, said Dr. Benjamin Lara of the PNP Crime Laboratory Central Visayas.
The bodies of Enamoria and the other three men were found buried in two shallow graves in Sitio Bago, Brgy. Cogon, Compostela, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, after a woodcutter stumbled upon the graves while looking for some wood in the area.
Capt. Vincent Zozobrado, Compostela police chief, told SunStar Cebu that Enamoria’s remains were identified by his relatives.
Enamoria’s mother Elina and her cousin Christy Banilad came to the station to identify his remains.
Even though his body was decomposing, Enamoria was identified through his tattoos.
Elina told police that she last saw her son at their house on the evening of Sept. 25.
She said her son was previously jailed for illegal drug possession in the City of Naga for a year before he was released on May 12, 2020.
For now, Zozobrado said they are still gathering more witnesses to determine who killed the four men.
They are also urging relatives of the other three men to come out and identify their remains.
Separately, Police Col. Aladdin Collado, Cebu Provincial Police Office director, said they have yet to secure other witnesses, except for the woodcutter who found the bodies initially.
The woodcutter who found the bodies will undergo an initial investigation to determine if he can provide a lead to the police, Collado added. (GPL, AYB / JKV)