A 37-year-old mother and her 11-year-old child were found dead inside sacks and floating in the septic tank of their home at Deca Homes Subdivision, Barangay Tungkil, Minglanilla last Thursday, August 20, 2015.The police were alerted when friends and neighbors reported them missing for almost a week. The mother was identified as Virginia “Gene” Sharpe and the child was her daughter, Mica Ella.
Autopsies say the mother and daughter both died from blows to the head by a sharp object. Packaging tape was wrapped around Virginia’s head and ankles. The culprits had tried to hide the two bodies by placing them in sacks then in the septic tank. A large plank of wood was put on top of their bodies and new tiles covered the hole.
The discovery of the bodies
Suspicion began when the girl did not attend school last Monday, August 17, 2015, the first day of their periodical exams. Worried, Mica Ella’s friend and her mother went to see them at their home on Tuesday. When they still couldn’t find the mother and daughter by Wednesday, they decided to report it to the barangay hall who contacted the police.
Neighbors also noticed something was wrong, seeing that the dog was still there and the appliances remained plugged. Friends of Virginia tried to contact her but received no reply to their texts and calls. On Thursday morning at 9:00 AM, the barangay councilor, tanods, police and neighbors broke into the house. When they checked the kitchen, they were immediately greeted by flies and a foul odor. Seeing flies were gathering around some of the floor tiles, the group broke these open using a bolo and found a sack with the bodies of the mother and child.
Neighbors said the last people seen at the home other than the residents were 3 carpenters named Manuel Labrador, who was often hired by people living in the subdivision for home repairs, Estelito Ricamora and George Baquiran who lived in the nearby in the barangay of Calajoan. They were immediately arrested.
Labrador accused Ricamora of committing the crime who pointed at Labrador as responsible. Baquiran denied any involvement. Authorities believe that Labrador might have borrowed P25,000 from Virginia for payment for his fellow carpenters. Also, a tablet computer believed to be Virginia’s was recovered from Ricamora’s possession while Labrador had her cellphone.
According to Ricamora, Labrador had solicited his help to bury a dead dog. He was shocked to find 2 human bodies. Labrador supposedly threatened his life if he did not help bury them. The carpenters are suspected to have been high on “shabu,” a form of drug, before they carried out the crime.
The three suspects are still behind bars, their charges non-bailable: 2 counts of murder and robbery.
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