Family of four murdered, person of interest caught

Four members of a family were found murdered in their house at Gardenville Subdivision in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City, 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 7.

“All four, who were in a state of decomposition, had been hit on their heads with a hard object. All of the victims sustained head injuries,” PMaj. Joery Puerto, Bacolod Police Station 8 chief, said.

Found dead were Jocelyn Espinosa Nombre, 59, and her sister Remedios Jemma Espinosa, 69, John Michael Espinosa, 35, and his 6-year-old daughter, Precious.

John Michael is the son of Remedios.

They are believed to have been killed three days earlier.

Jona de los Santos sought police assistance after she received a call from her brother Jonel Benjamin Nombre, 54, who is a seaman, that his wife Jocelyn had not been answering his calls for three days.

On reaching her house they found the bodies of Jocelyn and Michael wrapped in blankets outside the house. The child’s body was found on a sofa and Remedios’ body was found in a hut outside the house, Puerto said.

There was no forcible entry or robbery that occurred, police investigation showed.

Puerto said they picked up a person of interest in Salvador Benedicto town Wednesday afternoon, and found drugs in his possession.

The person of interest, who is in the business of selling dried fish, in a nephew of Jocelyn and lived at her house in Gardenville Subdivision, he said.

However, the person of interest denied killing his relatives and said he left for Salvador Benedicto on Sunday, Puerto added.*

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