A 24-year-old man who was suspected of multiple crimes including carnapping and robbery was found dead with his hands tied using a plastic cable tie and with multiple gunshot wounds in Balilihan town at dawn on Friday.
The fatality was identified as Regino Laudiana, Jr. of Calceta Street in Tagbilaran City over 12 hours after his body was found by a motorcyclist at a remote area at the side of the Balilihan-Sikatuna Road in Barangay Del Carmen Sur, said Corporal Raymond Simbajon of the Balilihan Police Station.
“Sa likod niya dunay gitattoo na iyahang angga JR ‘nya Laudiana. Nag-coordinate mi sa ubang unit unya didto nakita sa Tagbilaran City na may kapareha aning iyang apiledo unya kaning iyahang JR,” said Simbajon.
According to Simbajon, police investigators continued to conduct a probe to identify the suspects and motive behind the crime.
Simbajon noted that Laudiana was facing a robbery charge filed against him in 2013 and was identified as suspect in a May 26, 2019 carnapping incident in Tagbilaran City.
Laudiana was also previously arrested for drug and gun charges and was released over a month ago after entering into a plea bargaining agreement.
“Na verify sa Tagbilaran City na suspect ni siya sa usa ka carnapping incident. Unya nadakpan na pud ni siya way back 2013 sa lungsod sa Trinidad kaso na robbery. Naka bail ni siya,” said Simbajon.
Meanwhile, investigators said that the Laudiana was shot and killed in the area where he was found contrary to earlier reports indicating that the lifeless body was just disposed at the remote village.
According to Simbajon, they found three spent shells fired from a .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene.
Residents in the area also claimed that they heard three gunshots at 11:30 p.m. on June 6, a day before the body was found.
However, residents did not notice any other suspicious activities or see any of the suspects.
“Wala silay namatikdan na sakyanan. Kasagaran mingaw manang dapita mga 10 p.m. Ang estimate namo gikan sa crime scene mga 150 meters pa ang pinakaduol na balay,” said Simbajon.
After authorities identified the body, the Balilihan Police Station informed Laudiana’s family of his death.
His remains have been claimed and taken to the Holy Name Funeral Homes in Tagbilaran City. (Allen Doydora)