Authorities examine another hotel room in Dacera case

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 12) — Another room in the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati City is being tied to the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera after a New Year's Eve celebration with her friends.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, National Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin revealed that they have also looked into room 2009, situated two floors below rooms 2207 and 2209, for potential links to the incidents that transpired on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. He, however, did not provide any specific details on their initial findings.

"During the crime scene investigation, we also visited this room (2009)... As to the relevance or significance of this room, in connection to the other rooms, we leave it to the Death Investigation Division," Lavin told reporters.

"Unless we conclude the forensic [results] from all pieces of evidence gathered from room 2209, room 2207, room 2009 of the hotel in Makati, and the human cadaver of Dacera, we consider them as a separate crime scene," he said.

He added that the City Garden Grand Hotel is cooperating with their probe to provide more details about the incident.

In an earlier briefing on Monday, Lavin told reporters that they found "very encouraging leads" in the second autopsy which would determine whether lapses were committed in the previous examination of Dacera's body.

"We have encouraging leads," he stressed. "We have a good investigative approach here."

As instructed by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the NBI is conducting a separate probe on the incident amid conflicting reports on Dacera's death.

READ: DOJ orders probe on flight attendant Dacera’s death 

Dacera's family previously appealed for the immediate relief of Police Maj. Michael Nick Sarmiento, the Scene of the Crime Operatives medico-legal officer who first handled Dacera's body, for his "irregular and inaccurate" submission of findings. However, contrary to the statements of the suspects that Dacera died of natural causes, her parents are insisting that she was sexually abused.

READ: Christine Dacera's family seeks immediate relief of medico-legal examiner 

Eleven respondents to the case, most of whom were Dacera's friends, were previously charged with rape and homicide. Three of them, who were initially detained, were eventually released by the Makati City police due to lack of evidence.

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