The investigation on the murder of an eight-year-old grade III pupil in July by the Dumaguete police hit a snag after the DNA testing of evidence collected at the crime scene in Barangay Bajumpandan, Dumaguete, yielded negative results.
The body of the girl was found with her throat slashed a day after she failed to come home from school.
Supt. James Goforth, city police chief, yesterday said the PNP Crime Laboratory in Dumaguete received the DNA examination results, and furnished his office a copy.
He said the blood samples tested, taken from five to six persons the police had invited for questioning, did not match those of the girl or the evidence taken at the crime scene. The hair strands recovered from the victim's hands when she was found in a sugarcane field near her home were hers, Goforth also said.
The laboratory examination was done at the main office of the PCL at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, and had P30,000 as funding assistance from the Dumaguete City government.
Goforth declined to elaborate on the results pending further investigation but assured that his men are continuously working on the case. He, however, admitted that they are back to square one and will start afresh in the investigation.
The police have circumstantial evidence that will eventually lead them to the perpetrator, he said, adding that another angle being eyed is that the laceration found in the child's sexual organ was an old, healed wound. The new information indicated that the girl was raped a week or two before she was killed, he said.*JFP
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