A GROUP of residents stumbled on the body of a woman in the bushes near the rotunda in Macasandig yesterday morning.
The dead woman, 40-year-old Helen Rivera of Bolonsiri in Camaman-an, said to be working as a street sweeper, went missing on Tuesday night.
SPO2 Joel Tare of the Macasandig police said Rivera’s body was found at around 7:15 am yesterday.
The corpse was reportedly found after a passerby told a group of people about a foul smell emanating from an area where an acacia tree stood.
When they checked the area, they found the dead Rivera.
Tare said Rivera was later identified by her cousin Jeffrey Ladica who told the police that she left their house in Pagasa, in Barangay Camaman-an without informing anyone about where she was going to on Tuesday.
“Gipangita na siya sa iyang bana wala gyud makita kay milakaw man na siya nga wala manangid,” Ladica said.
Anatolio Bolan, the victim’s common law husband, said he had been worried the night before because Rivera was sick and she failed to go home on Tuesday evening.
Tare said investigators could not yet say how Rivera died.
The Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) was reportedly preparing to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of Rivera’s death.
Tare however said it looked to him that there was no foul play. He said the woman’s personal belongings were intact.
Meanwhile, another woman was also found dead in Zone 3, Natumolan, Tagoloan town in Misamis Oriental, on Monday night.
Police identified the dead woman as 66-year-old Celsa Dalapag.
She was found lifeless in her house after her neighbors checked why there was stench emanating from the inside.
SPO1 Bernardo Lagoy Jr. of the Tagoloan police said Dalapag may have died due to her high blood pressure, noting that the woman was on medication.
Lagoy said Dalapag was alone in the house. (Joey Nacalaban and Nitz Arancon)