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Police await luminol test results in brutal condo murder

THE DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) awaits the luminol test results in the hopes of identifying the perpetrators in the April 21st murder of Jeffrey Predas and Jennifer Chavez inside a Bajada condominium.

DCPO director Col. Richard Bad-ang, interviewed on Senator Raffy Tulfo’s online program on Wednesday afternoon, confirmed the luminol test was conducted Tuesday night.

“This test will help us detect blood traces,” Bad-ang said. “We’re investigating the possibility of others carrying Jeffrey to the 6th floor after he arrived in Davao on April 20th, 5 pm, while Jennifer arrived at 8 am.”

He elaborated on a reenactment suggesting other people may have been involved. “Their fingerprints on the railing, before the fall, could confirm the Scene of Crime Operatives’ findings that Jeffrey was already dead when thrown.”

Bad-ang revealed four additional persons of interest who checked into the same sixth-floor room with an acquaintance named “Clark” from Sultan Kudarat.  Clark booked the room for Jennifer before her arrival for a concert on April 21st.

The investigation found no forced entry into room 319 or signs of struggle. “Blood was concentrated on the bed, weapon, and bathroom,” Bad-ang said. “DNA tests on these and the couple and two persons of interest came back negative.”

However, footprints near the bathtub did not match the four individuals.  “This suggests someone else was present during the incident,” Bad-ang concluded.

Bad-ang was interviewed during the program after the families of the victims sought Senator Raffy Tulfo’s assistance to expedite the investigation.

Meanwhile, the DCPO is preparing a case against the condo owner for violating city ordinances by not having CCTV cameras.



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