Security guard in Cebu septic tank murder yields

A security guard accused of killing a 14-year old girl and dumping her body at the septic tank of a public elementary school he was guarding in Danao City in Cebu last Monday surrendered yesterday to local police authorities after feeling the pressure of a massive police manhunt operation, Police Regional Office 7 director, Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas said.

Jessie Montes Mediquillo initially turned himself over to a barangay official in Tuburan, Cebu who later asked members of the Tuburan Municipal Police Station to fetch the suspect. The guard did not put up a fight when officers came in to pick him up before transferring him to the Cebu Police Provincial Office headquarters.

Mediquillo’s victim These Marie Ygay’s decomposing body was found at the septic tank of the Cogon Cruz Elementary School in Danao City last Monday. The victim was found to have suffered at least 33 stab wounds in the different parts of her body, the Journal Group learned.

Ygay had 13 stab wounds in the head and neck and her left ear was lopped off. She also suffered two stab wounds in the left chest and five in the abdomen.

Investigators have aired belief that the victim tried to fight Mediquillo as she was found to have sustained two stab wounds and 10 incised wounds in her left hand and a stab wound and an incised wound in the right hand.

Sinas earlier ordered an all-out hunt for Mediquillo who was described as ‘armed and dangerous’ with officers urged to exercise all necessary precaution once they findhim.

The 34-year old security guard at the Cogon Cruz Integrated Elementary School abandoned his post after he was believed to have killed the victim who is said to be his live-in partner.

The disappearance of the victim, was reported to the Danao City Police Station by her sister Jennifer the other Saturday, Sinas said. The woman told police investigators that her missing sister was last seen in the guardhouse of the school with Mediquillo.

On Monday, investigators from the Danao City police went to the school to question Mediquillo but failed to find him. Instead, they were told by the incoming duty guard Edito Manipis that he found suspected bloodstain in the guardhouse when he took his post on Sunday.