Suspects 'carefully and meticulously' removed student's organs in Cebu slay – authorities

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) — Local authorities on Wednesday bared new developments on the case of the 16-year-old student found dead in Lapu, Lapu, Cebu-- saying that the teen is also missing a number of body organs.

Aside from skinned face, medico-legal officer Superintendent Benjamin Lara said the victim's right side of the neck was gone, and other parts like trachea, esophagus, and tongue are all missing.

Lara, who examined the victim's cadaver, noted the murder was "carefully and meticulously done."

"This is the first time I have come across such a case. Mahirap i-pull out yun, actually. Pero siyempre kung may gamit kang object like a knife or anything, you can do it naman," Lara said.

[Translation: This is the first time I have come across such a case. Those (organs) are hard to pull out actually. But of course if you're using an object like a knife or anything, then you can do it.]

"Ang issue lang doon, malinis ang pagkakatanggal ng mga organs na 'yun so kaya talagang di mo rin, there's really a possibility na, ng ginawa ng suspect eh, siya mismo ang nagtanggal noon," he added.

[Translation:The only issue is that the removal of the organs was meticulously done so you can't count out the possibility that the suspect was the one who did it.]

Authorities said as of now, they have yet to see indicators that the victim was raped. They, however, took tissue samples to test if male body fluids are present.

"I will be submitting this to the crime laboratory national headquarters for examination," Lara added.

The victim sustained numerous stab wounds to her neck and body was found in a vacant lot Monday with her skull exposed and without undergarments.

Authorities added the victim, based on the medico-legal report, may have been dead for 12 hours when they found her on the scene.

Meanwhile, Lapu-Lapu City Police Chief Senior Supt. Lemuel Obon said they now have the identity of the main suspect based on pieces of evidence and the testimony of a witness.

Obon, however, refused to reveal even the background of the suspect because he has training in how to "evade" authorities.

Police said that the suspects could be high on drugs when they did the crime.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza earlier announced the bounty for the killers has now reached ₱1 million.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.