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Kin of dead stude pleads to public to stop rumors
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

An old age ritual ushered in the almost a week’s search for the missing 17-year-old student in Baguio City, but has ended on a tragic moment after his body was found in a creek in Balacbac near Marcos Highway on Sept. 7.

The family of Vaughn Carl Dicang, a grade 12 student of University of Baguio Science High School, at this point appealed to the public to stop spreading wrong information and making speculations connecting his death to drugs and the recent spate of brutal killings involving minors allegedly involved in drugs and holdup in Metro Manila.

Van Dicang, Vaughn Carl’s eldest brother, on Friday called for a press briefing aimed at ending the speculations spreading in social media that his brother was found with hands tied on his back and was blind folded. There were also claims that his brother was an agent for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

“Our family is disturbed by these rumors, especially those pictures circulated in social media with unknown sources, and which are actually false. We want to make it clear that all these connections to the current national issue involving three minors being made are not true,” Dicang said.

He said the family will rely on the results of the ongoing investigation being conducted the Baguio City Police Office led by City Director Ramil Saculles, who assured that they are doing their best to resolve the incident – from the time the victim went missing, to the time he was found, and the cause of his death – as soon as possible. Saculles also initially ruled out drug link in the incident.

Dicang said based on the autopsy by Scene of the Crime Operatives provided by the city government, Vaughn Carl suffered fatal head injuries, with the theory that the victim fell from a high place, most likely from the Balacbac bridge to the creek below. He suffered a crushed skull, which, according to the doctors, causes death on the spot. Based on the body’s condition when it was found, Vaughn Carl may have been dead for more than four days.

His injuries show that he fell head first and hit a hard object. Small wounds found on other parts of the body might have been sustained as it was carried by the strong currents of the river. The body was found on top of a big stone on the creek about 50 meters away from the main highway.

Vaughn Carl left home on 9 a.m. of Sept. 1 without saying where he will go, and failed to return on the same day. He was reported missing to the police on Sept. 2. Friends and classmates contacted by the Dicang family said he texted one of them around 1 p.m. of Sept. 1 to say he would not be able to attend their group activity. After that, one of his peers said he met and talked with Dicang. At 4.30 p.m., another said he went to the house of his best friend in Balacbac and left at 6 p.m.

Relatives and barangay officials of Lower Quirino Hill where he lived started a search on Sunday until Wednesday night in places where he might have gone. They also posted notices in Facebook and in some establishments in the city. Dicang said he also checked CCTV footages in areas where some reported Dicang was seen, but he had not gone to these areas.

On Wednesday night, they consulted a person called buyon who conducts a ritual called agay-ayag or agbuybuyon where he describes the location of a missing person. Two teams of searchers composed of relatives went to Balacbac, which was the place described in the ritual. At 9:40 a.m. of Sept. 7, Vaughn Carl was found on the creek lying among the stones. Found with him was his bag containing some coins, while his cell phone was missing.

Those who last saw Vaughn Carl alive already provided a statement. Dicang said they are waiting in case there are other witnesses who might help shed light on his brother’s death.

“At the moment, since the investigation is still ongoing, we cannot say what really caused his death. We want to wait for the results of the inquiry. So we appeal to let the investigation take its course and not to make up stories suggesting foul play or other things,” Dicang, said. Their father is expected to arrive until this Sunday from Saudi.

Vaughn Carl, according to those who knew him and the family in Lower Quirino Hill, was a university scholar, studious, and respectful of his elders. Accounts in social media say he was a bright student who was consistently in the honor roll in his class.


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