A 23-year-old man from Switzerland was found dead on Tuesday morning in Barangay Togbongon, Surigao City.
Police identified the victim as Florian Mayer, a native of Geneva, the MindaNews reported on Wednesday.
Mayer is the third Swiss murdered in Mindanao after two others were killed at a beach resort in Misamis Oriental on Sunday.
Police said Mayer was wearing a gold necklace and white gold bracelet when his body was found in a grassy area near the apartelle where he had checked in. The Swiss also had a laceration at the back of the head and in the right leg, and bruises on his back.
Police also found Mayer’s wallet with his driver’s license, credit cards, a condom, an iPhone, a cigarette lighter, a SIM card, and a pack of cigarettes.
The MindaNews quoted resident Herbert Gibertas saying that he saw Mayer lying on the ground at 8 a.m. on Tuesday while he was crossing a rice field to buy ice.
Investigation showed Mayer checked in at the apartelle at about 2:16 a.m. on Monday.
Police are looking for Mayer’s companion, who checked in as “John Lennon”.
Meanwhile, Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Emano has offered a P100,000 reward for anybody who can provide information to the police for the arrest of the killers of two Swiss men as authorities continue to search for clues that would give away the identities of the murderers.
Robert Erich Loeber, 67, and Balthasar Johann Erni, 78, were gunned down at the B. Yasay Beach Resort in the town of Opol while having a picnic on October 5 with two Filipina women—Teresita Virtudazo, and Rowelyn Jane Odchigue—who were unhurt from the shootings.
Police said it has recovered the taxicab allegedly used by the killers on their escape. The cab, believed to have been stolen by the killers, was found abandoned in Cagayan de Oro City where both Loeber and Erni, who arrived in the Philippines last year, resided.
Police are eyeing “personal grudge” as the possible motive of the killing of two Swiss.
The investigators are looking at the angle of personal grudge as some identified close friends of the Swiss, including the Filipina wife and a business associate, have been included in the list of the suspects.
Investigators have ruled out robbery as the motive of the shooting since the personal belongings of the victims remain intact.
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