The victim has no underpants and has a deep wound on her head.
The owner of the cornfield first saw the body identified as Jonalyn Fabro, 40, from Barangay Bigbiga, Santiago, Ilocos Sur.
Adjacent to the corpse was a large stone with blood marks that could have been used to hit the victim on her head.
Authorities suspect the victim was also raped.
“May possibility pero hinihintay pa natin ‘yung resulta ng mga medical exam at sa SOCO,” explained Police Captain Regin Cabico, chief of Santa Maria Police Station.
(There’s a possibility, but we are still waiting for the medical exam and SOCO results.)
The victim’s family could not accept what happened. According to her mother, Marilou Ecraela, the only motive she knew was a robbery.
40-year-old woman found dead in Ilocos Sur
The victim’s jewelry and cellphone were missing.
“Kawawa ang anak ko, ninakawan at pinatay pa siya,” said Ecraela.
Ecraela said the victim left their home Friday night, but she did not tell her family where she is going.
But based on the investigation, the victim went to a funeral. The victim allegedly also likes to gamble.
“Frequently siya na uma-attend sa mga lamayan at engaged sa sugal na isa sa aming tinignang anggulo,” said Cabico.
(She frequently attends funerals and engages in gambling. That is one angle that we are looking at.)
Investigations are ongoing, including the identity of the suspect.
The victim is survived by her husband working abroad and her two young daughters.