Body found in Ecija not Reynaldo, says PNP

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2017 12:27 PM | Updated as of Sep 11 2017 01:28 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The body of a boy stabbed dozens of times and found in Nueva Ecija last week was not that of Reynaldo "Kulot" de Guzman, the 14-year-old companion of slain teenager Carl Angelo Arnaiz, police said Monday. 

The DNA sample from the body did not match samples taken from De Guzman's parents, PNP's Deputy Director Fernando Mendez Jr. said in a press briefing. 

"The source of the DNA profile obtained cannot be the biographical offspring of Eduardo Gabriel y Sta. Ana and Lina De Guzman y Dagante," Mendez said. 

"Hindi siya si Reynaldo De Guzman, hindi siya ang anak ng mag-asawa." 

The identity of the body was still unknown, the official said. There has been no reported missing person in Nueva Ecija. 

De Guzman's father earlier said he was able to confirm that the body was his son through a mark on the boy's neck and a wart on the left knee.

The boy, he added, had burns covering some of his identifying marks and had smelled of gasoline.

"Parang sinunog po siya e, lapnos ang balat po... Noong dumating ako, parang amoy gasolina po. Hindi na makita iyung mga palatandaan niya dito [sa batok] saka iyung nunal dito [sa tagiliran]. Iyung kulugo niya sa tuhod, iyun na lang ang nakita ko," Eduardo said.


 
De Guzman's parents may have mistakenly identified the body because it was already bloated before being recovered at a creek in Gapan, Nueva Ecija, Mendez said. 

Authorities, he added, will go after "people trying to sabotage the investigation" while they continue looking for De Guzman. 

De Guzman and 19-year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz had been missing since they left their homes in Cainta, Rizal on August 17.

Arnaiz was reportedly killed in a shootout with police in Caloocan City after allegedly attempting to rob a taxi driver.

The taxi driver however claimed Sunday that the supposed shootout was "scripted." 

The body initially reported as De Guzman's was set to be buried Wednesday. -- With Steve Angeles and Henry Atuelan, DZMM