One of the suspects in the killing of an American woman, whose body was dumped in the Pasig River, was a playboy Bitcoin trader.
Troy Woody Jr, aged 21, had been staying with his girlfriend Tomi Michelle Masters — the 23-year-old victim — and mutual friend Mir Islam, 22, in Manila.
As we have previously reported, one or both of the suspects allegedly suffocated Tomi before wrapping her naked body in duct tape and stuffing it into a box.
The pair then booked a Grab taxi in the early hours of December 23. On the way to their stated destination, they asked the driver to stop on a bridge, where they dumped the box over the side. They then continued to the Robinsons Place shopping mall.
However, the driver, John Kenneth Quimba, was suspicious and contacted police. They searched the river and found Tomi’s body covered in scratches.
Both men were arrested at a condominium unit in Ermita later in the same day and are now detained at Manila Police headquarters.
Station head Superintendent Igmedio Bernaldez said the two men were blaming each other for the killing, even though they both admit dumping the body.
Supt. Bernaldez said: “We have yet to establish the motive. The three were here on vacation.
“If you ask the boyfriend, he will point to his friend as the killer. But if you ask the other suspect, he will say it was his friend who killed her.
“They are being questioned and the home they were staying at is being searched for evidence.”
Lavish life of Bitcoin trader
Friends of the couple said that Tomi had become tired of “the scene” — the suspects frequently boasted online about taking cocaine and spending vast sums on luxury goods. She had recently deleted all pictures of her and the Bitcoin trader together from social media.
Tomi is believed to have been killed inside the condominium unit she was sharing with Woody in Mandaluyong City.
The suspects told police they were both CEOs of Luxr LLC, a Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency trading firm registered in Delaware.
Woody describes himself online as an “Early Crypto Investor” and has 17,000 followers on Twitter and 250,000 on Instagram.
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