Family of murdered ad agency manager wants justice

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 10 2013 02:02 AM | Updated as of Sep 10 2013 08:53 PM

MANILA -- Police are still searching for possible leads in the murder of a senior account manager of advertising agency McCann Worldgroup Philippines, Inc.

25-year-old Kristelle "Kae" Davantes, who had been missing since Friday night, was found dead at Tibagan Bridge in Barangay Sabutan, Silang, Cavite at around 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Her body was found with stab wounds, her mouth covered with a handkerchief, while her hands were tied with a seat belt.

The police also found a knife and a wire beside the victim's body, which might have been used in the crime.

Davantes was last seen in Fort Bonifacio on Friday night driving her silver Toyota Altis with plate number PIM 961, which is still missing as of posting.

Cavite police director Senior Supt. Alexander Rafael said they already talked to the boyfriend of Davantes who said they were in good terms before the incident.

He said they are now looking at CCTV footage from places where Davantes went to before she got killed.

"Nagba-back track kami, tinitingnan namin itong mga CCTV camera na maaaring dinaanan niya," Rafael said. "Baka sakaling dun sa mga kasamahan niya that night bago sila maghiwa-hiwalay ay makakuha kami ng impormasyon."

SPO2 Deogenes Zonio of the Cavite PNP believes Davantes was killed somewhere else by still unidentified suspects before being dumped in Cavite.

The authorities are calling on possible witnesses who can shed light on Davantes' case.

Meanwhile, family and friends of Davantes on Facebook called on President Noynoy Aquino and the Philippine National Police to make sure that justice will be served for the victim.

"This is a plea for the Aquino government and the police department to look after the case of Kristelle Davantes, who was abducted and brutally murdered. We are asking for justice she rightfully deserves," says the Facebook page "Justice for Kae."

The family of Davantes thanked everyone for their sympathies, but requested privacy while they are still grieving.--report by DominiAlmelor, Bandila