CEBU CITY, Philippines – A Belgian national was found dead inside his crashed car some 85-kilometers south of Cebu City in the town of Dalaguete.
54-year-old Andre Josef Emiel Scheepmans, a native of Leuven, Belguim was living in Talisay City, Cebu – he was found dead by policemen who arrived on the scene of a car crash just past 6 p.m. Saturday night.
Sheepmans was driving a silver Toyota Innova van from the town of Oslob, heading home to Talisay City when his vehicle hit the railing at approximately 5;30 p.m.
Police arrived on the scene of the accident only to find Sheepmans in the driver’s seat with his right hand still holding the .22-caliber pistol with his nose bleeding.
Police say they found no pulse on the foreign man and had no visible wound except for a bleeding nose – after an inspection in the car two empty shells and two live bullets were found, the pistol was loaded with seven live rounds.
Investigators believe Sheepmans may have put the gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger, but the bullet did not exit the body.
A full autopsy will determine the cause of death – police were called to the scene of the accident after another foreigner called them to inform them that his friend was involved in an automobile accident in the area.
The police failed to note the name of the foreigner who called, but he indicated that Sheepmans was able to call a friend before he died.
A summons issued by the Barangay Maghaway against the Dutch national for a case of slight physical injury was found on the floor of the car – the hearing was on July 27th – The complainant was Analou Ayeng, who is Sheepmans wife or live-in-partner – authorities believe this is a clear sign that the foreigner was having issues or family problems.
Police say that the two had a young daughter and that Ayeng had brought her to Barangay Casay, the scene of the accident, late Saturday night.