The skeleton of a still unidentified person was discovered in a steel drum found by a fisherman at the seashore of Purok Nami-Nami in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, at about 9 a.m. Monday.
Francisco Ayco, 36, of Purok Baybayon in the barangay, was collecting sea shells when he found the steel drum floating in the sea, a police report said.
Ayco said he waited for the water to subside as it was still high tide when he found the drum. He then rolled it on to the shore.
The middle portion of the rustydrum broke and when Ayco and other residents checked its contents, a bone fell out.
The drum was welded on the top and bottom, and cemented in the lower section.
Scene of the Crime Operatives and Station 3 policemen went to the scene to conduct an investigation.
Authorities have yet to identify the victim, and determine the gender and whether the victim isfrom Negros or other places.
As the probe progressed, there were speculations that the skeleton might be that of retired Police Maj. Lito Pirote, who was abducted by about seven to 10 armed men, wearing face masks, on board a van from the lobby of Metro Inn Hotel in Barangay 7, Bacolod City, on Good Friday last year, and as of press time, was still missing.
Pirote’s daughter, Cate, told the DAILY STAR that it is not that she is in denial but she can feel that her father is still alive.
Residents in Purok Nami-Nami were quoted as saying that they found a gray or dark colored shirt in the drum.
Cate said her father was wearing a dark blue shirt, based on the closed-circuit television camera footage at the time he was abducted at the hotel.*
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