By Maria Irish Sabio, Intern
An American citizen was found in the comfort room of his rented apartment at Zone 3, Calong-calong, Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, yesterday afternoon.
Police identified the fatality as 48-year-old Ronald Robert Gaines, a temporary resident of the Reduble residence in the said barangay.
According to Irene Flores, the victim’s girlfriend, she opened the locked door with a duplicate key and found the victim.
She said the body was naked and lifeless with his chest on top of the toilet bowl, facing the floor, an injury to the back of his head, and a small pool of blood, allegedly from the victim’s injury.
Police Station 8 (PS8) commander, Police Senior Inspector Wilfredo Benoman, Jr., said they recovered Gaines’ passport and his travel documents at the crime scene.
It was found the victim had been long suffering from a rib injury and gout and, during the night prior to the incident, he had a text conversation with his girlfriend where the victim expressed consternation about their financial situation.
According to Benoman, the body will undergo an autopsy, but authorities are still waiting for consent from the victim’s family in the US./WDJ