Police release sketch of suspects in abduction of British nat'l, wife

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 8) — Police have released sketches of three suspects in the abduction of a British national and his Filipina wife, who were taken from a resort in Tukuran town, Zamboanga del Sur last week.

The Zamboanga Peninsula regional police on its official Facebook page on Tuesday posted facial composites of the still unidentified men.

One of them, believed to be 25-30 years old, was among the two suspects who checked in as guests at the Hyrons' Beach Resort, which is owned by the victims, Allan and Wilma Hyron.

Police said at around 7 p.m. on October 4, four gunmen abducted the couple who were about to alight from their vehicle upon arriving at the resort. They were then dragged to the beachfront, where two other suspects were waiting in a motorboat. Authorities believe the victims were brought to Lanao del Norte.

Police also released a sketch of a middle-aged man standing at least 5'3". Police said he was one of those who dragged the victims to a motorized banca.

In an earlier post, police showed a sketch and photo of a man seen in CCTV footage, and who is now considered a person of interest.

The provincial government of Zamboanga del Sur has offered a P1 million reward for anyone who can give information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects and rescue of the victims.

Police Major Helen Galvez, spokesperson of the Zamboanga Peninsula regional police, earlier told CNN Philippines the Hyrons' case is considered an abduction, not kidnapping, since the family has not received any demand for ransom. Police have not identified any possible motive for the crime. The couple also owns the Hyron College Philippines in the same town.

Galvez also stressed it is premature to link the incident to any threat group, including the Abu Sayyaf, which is notorious for kidnap-for-ransom activities in the region.