Two Americans have been arrested after they allegedly dumped the body of a 23-year-old Indiana woman into Manila’s Pasig river.
The pair have been detained after a Grab taxi driver alerted police when he saw the pair throwing a large box into the river yesterday morning (Sunday, December 23).
The Manila Police District (MPD) has identified the suspects as Troy Woody, aged 21, currently living in a condominium unit in Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City, and Mir Islam, 22, who lives in a condominium in Ermita.
The MPD said the two men booked a driver from Woody’s residence via Grab. According to the driver, the suspects loaded a large brown box into the back of his car and asked to be taken to a shopping mall in Ermita.
However, before arriving at their stated destination, the suspects asked the driver to stop at the Baseco Compound in Tondo, where they threw the box into the Pasig River.
This done, they then asked the driver to continue to their original destination.
According to The Inquirer, the driver found the incident to be “weird”, so he reported it to the Manila Police General Assignment and Investigation Section.
Personnel from the MPD Homicide Team then liaised with the Mandaluyong City Police Station and the arrest of Woody and Islam followed soon afterwards.
Both of the suspects have now been positively identified by the driver. They have been confirmed as chief executive officers of Luxr Limited Liability Co.
Law enforcers have since recovered the box from the Pasig River, and have confirmed that it contained the body of Tomi Michelle Masters, 23, of Indiana. Within the box, her remains were stuffed into a garbage bag and wrapped in duct tape. According to a report on Super Radyo dzBB, Woody was in a relationship with the victim.
Investigations are continuing. (Updates to follow)
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