Search for slain Bohol mayor's body enters 10th day

Carine Era Asutilla Lapid, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 17 2017 06:13 PM

Volunteer divers refer to a diagram of the designated search area. Carine Era Asutilla Lapid, ABS-CBN News

It has been 10 days since authorities formed a task force for search and retrieval operations in the waters off Caubian Island in Cebu to find the body of slain Bien Unido Mayor Gisela Boniel.

It was Etad Boniel, cousin of the slain mayor's husband and primary suspect Bohol Provincial Board Member Niño Rey Boniel, who gave authorities the location where they allegedly dumped the mayor's body. 

Eight volunteer divers from Lapu-Lapu City went into the water twice to drag and finely survey the bottom of the sea, as well as catch any floating objects. Since the search began, divers go into the water up to three times daily. 

Volunteer divers jump into the sea. Carine Era Asutilla Lapid, ABS-CBN News

As of June 17, search teams have undertaken 19 dives covering 1.5 nautical miles in the seas off Caubian and Olango Island. They had gone up to 170 feet deep, but still found no signs of the mayor's body.

Three divers sent by the Bien Unido local government arrived in the area after the second dive. They were supposed to join the third dive when the team called off the jump, as they had monitored the buildup of heavy, dark clouds, and strong winds.

Task Force Boniel will resume search and retrieval operations on June 19, Monday. 

They continue to call on more volunteer divers to join the search.