MANILA (UPDATE) – The car of slain advertising executive Kristelle "Kae" Davantes has been found, a Philippine National Police (PNP) official said.
PNP spokesperson Senior Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said Davantes' car was found at the corner of Nickel and Silver Streets in Camella Homes 4, Barangay Pamplona, Las Piñas City late Saturday evening.
Sindac said this development is considered a breakthrough in the search for justice for the slain 25-year-old advertising executive.
"Ang buong pwersa ng PNP, ang National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) at Region 4-A Police ay nakatutok pa rin sa kaso at hindi namin nalilimutan ito. Ito ay magiging malaking bahagi ng kalutasan ng imbestigasyon natin," Sindac told dzMM.
As of posting, Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) personnel were in the area to gather possible information that could help solve the crime.
Barangay officials said residents called their attention after the car's loud alarm began startling the neighborhood at around 11:30 p.m.
Barangay watchman (tanod) Charlie Cagay said he had to remove the car's battery to stop its alarm. He also noticed smoke coming from inside the car.
After checking the contents of the car, SOCO personnel found several clothes soaked in fuel, raising suspicions that there was an attempt to burn down the vehicle.
The car's two registration plates (PIM 966) were also missing, but Davates' relatives were still able to confirm that the car belonged to Davantes. The car's seats were also gone.
A P200,000 reward money was earlier offered by the NCRPO for any information that may lead to the arrests of suspects in the killing of Davantes.
Supt. Christopher Laxa, chief of Task Group Kae, said the reward money was raised through the help of concerned citizens.
Laxa said the task force is looking at three to four possible motives behind Davantes' death. One of the angles being considered is carnapping.
Davantes was last seen leaving Bonifacio Global City late Friday last week after a night out with friends. Her body was found in Cavite the following day with stab wounds and traces of strangulation.
Davantes will be laid to rest today in Sucat, Parañaque. – with reports from David Oro and Dennis Datu, dzMM