2007.04.19: April 19, 2007: Headlines: COS - Philippines: Safety: Journalism: Crime: All Headline News: Philippine Police Launch Manhunt For U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Julie Campbell's Killer

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Philippine Police Launch Manhunt For U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Julie Campbell's Killer

Philippine Police Launch Manhunt For U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Julie Campbell's Killer

Authorities in the Philippines on Thursday launched a manhunt for the suspected killers of U.S. Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell, who was found buried at a shallow grave in Ifugao province, north of the capital Manila, on Wednesday. Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Calderon said one of the suspects is a male but they investigators were still trying to dig information, including statements from a female masseuse that Campbell reportedly met before her disappearance. Calderon said, "We have to determine if she and Julia met. We also have a witness that says that more or less identified the last person seen with her. We have also an idea of the name of the person seen carrying the backpack of the victim. He's male." Calderon and Chief Superintendent Raul Gonzales, regional police director of the Cordillera Administrative Region, agreed that all evidence points to Campbell being murdered. "If the report is true [that Campbell was killed], we think he's [the killer] a local," Calderon added. They said teams had been activated to find possible suspect or suspects but they declined to elaborate if there is more than one suspect. Calderon noted that Campbell's body, which was in an advanced stage of decomposition, was found buried near a creek and not at the foot of a ravine, which would be the case if she had fallen in an accident. Gonzales said the fact that the American had been buried already indicated foul play.

Philippine Police Launch Manhunt For U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Julie Campbell's Killer

Philippine Police Launch Manhunt For U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Julie Campbell's Killer

April 19, 2007 9:24 a.m. EST

Komfie Manalo - All Headline News Correspondent

Caption: The body of U.S. Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell is unloaded from a Philippines Army helicopter at Camp Crame police headquarters in Manila April 19, 2007. Campbels's was found in a shallow grave in a remote, mountainous area on Wednesday, police said. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside(PHILIPPINES)

Manila, Philippines (AHN) - Authorities in the Philippines on Thursday launched a manhunt for the suspected killers of U.S. Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell, who was found buried at a shallow grave in Ifugao province, north of the capital Manila, on Wednesday.

Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Calderon said one of the suspects is a male but they investigators were still trying to dig information, including statements from a female masseuse that Campbell reportedly met before her disappearance.

Calderon said, "We have to determine if she and Julia met. We also have a witness that says that more or less identified the last person seen with her. We have also an idea of the name of the person seen carrying the backpack of the victim. He's male."

Calderon and Chief Superintendent Raul Gonzales, regional police director of the Cordillera Administrative Region, agreed that all evidence points to Campbell being murdered.

"If the report is true [that Campbell was killed], we think he's [the killer] a local," Calderon added.

They said teams had been activated to find possible suspect or suspects but they declined to elaborate if there is more than one suspect.

Calderon noted that Campbell's body, which was in an advanced stage of decomposition, was found buried near a creek and not at the foot of a ravine, which would be the case if she had fallen in an accident.

Gonzales said the fact that the American had been buried already indicated foul play.

"She was supposed to have a massage that night. She met a woman who offered a massage. But based on investigations, the woman was not able to meet with her. She was only declared missing three days after," Gonzales said.

Both officials said they have witnesses who could shed light on what could have happened to the American, who was declared missing by the U.S. embassy in early April after she was found to have missed her appointments.

Meanwhile, the family of Campbell and the United States Peace Corps mourned her death a day after search parties found her body in Banaue, Ifugao.

Campbell's family, in a statement released through the U.S. Peace Corps, said, "In her forty years, Julia lived a very full life. She loved her family and friends and is much loved. She is passionate in her journalism reporting especially the stories involving people who were able to stand and address adversity or adverse situations."

"We are so very grateful to the workers and searchers who worked diligently to look for and find our daughter, sister and friend. In addition to the Peace Corps, we would like to thank the Philippine National Police, the Philippine government and the people of the Philippines, especially those in Barangay Batad, Banaue for the outpouring of support and assistance in the search," said the statement from Campbell's family.

"The U.S. Peace Corps and our U.S. embassy leadership, personnel and especially the Peace Corps volunteers in the Philippines have been of great comfort to our family during this difficult time. [U.S. Peace Corps] Director Ron Tschetter and his team exemplify the sense of community Julia loved about the Peace Corps. They have and continue to show great concern for Julia and our family."

Tschetter, speaking on behalf of the U.S. volunteer organization, said on Thursday, "She contributed greatly to the lives of Filipino citizens in Donsol, Sorsogon, where she served."


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