FBI to help probe in US man murdered in Baclayon

A new turn of events happened in the probe in relation to the killing of a retired American serviceman who was killed in Baclayon several weeks ago.

It seems the probe has gotten deeper, as the investigation already reached the United States.

Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) visited the province recently as part of the coordination involving the investigation of the death of Lonnie Simon Weig, said Bohol provincial police director Sr. Supt. Angeles Geñorga.

Geñorga bared the new development after media asked him about updates regarding the case during Friday’s Kita ug ang Gobernador weekly radio media forum at the People’s Mansion.

The provincial police chief said the FBI probe would center on the leads and background checks in his native South Dakota.

Geñorga said the local police also did their counterpart background check but ended up bare.

Previously, Geñorga said he and his men are looking at several leads, but can’t bare the information to the public for now, lest the operation gets busted.

The killing of the mild-mannered Weig shocked the community especially the slain man’s neighbors in Baclayon town.

Weig was a kind person, and his killing comes as a total surprise to the people he engaged with since he changed residents.

The retired US serviceman married a Filipina and decided to settle in Baclayon after transferring from South Dakota.

NEED TO SOLVE THE CASE

The Weig murder is the first major case Geñorga faced after assuming as provincial director back in January.

No less than Gov. Edgar Chatto ordered Geñorga to scrape the bottom of the barrel in relation to the case.

Chatto ordered Geñorga to continue in the investigation surrounding the case of the murder of Weig.

“Bohol is a peaceful province,and we cannot allow isolated incidents like this to tarnish its image as a friendly, peace-loving community,” the governor said.

Geñorga assured Chatto the police will not leave any stone unturned until the murderer is identified and jailed, said a statement from the Effective Development Communication Unit of the Capitol.

In a progress report provided to the media, Baclayon police conducted several activities as part of the investigation.

Witness accounts were gathered by the police as a special investigation task group was formed after an emergency meeting by local police.

The police also conducted investigations at the house of the victim and interviewed family members and neighbors to learn more about the possible motive behind the killing.

CASE BACKGROUND

Unknown assailants gunned down the American on January 21 while jogging in barangay Laya, Baclayon. Witnesses heard a motorcycle romping off after the volley of fire.

Authorities have yet to determine the number of assailants as there were no bullet casings found at the scene of the crime.

Sr. Insp. Raymond Halasanof Baclayon police said in published reportsGeñorga formed a special investigation task group to look into the killing of Lonnie Weig less than 12 hours after the shooting incident.

Police conducted interviews among the neighbors to figure out the possible motive and to identify the suspects behind the gruesome murder.

The neighbors further added the man had no known enemies that could become suspects to his murder.

The victim, while he was still alive, was mild-mannered and accommodating to his neighbors.

The police said the victim sustained a gunshot wound on the nape and at the right side of the body.

The gunshot wounds caused his instant death, reports said.

The Scene of the Crime Operatives had processed the crime scene to look for apotential clue that can help solve the murder.

The police also investigated the house and interviewed family members and neighbors of the victim to learn about the possible motive behind the murder. (Dave Albarado)

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