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Driving home after spending some quality time with friends on a Friday night was nothing out of the norms for Kristelle ‘Kae’ Davantes, Senior Account Manager at McCann Worldgroup Philippines’ MRM, when tragedy struck. According to reports, the 25-year-old has been missing for a couple of hours before she was found dead with multiple stab wounds on her body, mouth covered with a handkerchief, and hands tied with a seat belt on the morning of September 7 at 6 am under a bridge in Silang, Cavite, the Philippines. As of today, there are no suspects yet and the case is still in progress.
Though many details crucial to the investigation are yet to be uncovered, the police are closer to solving the case as the victims’s Toyota Altis, which has been missing since her murder resurfaced in Las Piñas City subdivision around midnight Saturday. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo Jr. described the finding as a major piece of evidence, saying that “the killers possibly left fingerprints on the car.” Inquirer News also reported that an attempt to set the car on fire was made as it reeked of diesel and had a burnt dashboard. In addition, two plastic containers loaded with gasoline along with children’s clothes used to initiate the fire were discovered.
It was the thick smoke and high-pitched alarm system that alerted the neighborhood and led authorities to discover the car. Though when investigated, the vehicle was stripped of its license plate, it was identified through its conduction sticker. The vehicle was later transferred to the Southern Police District headquarters for further processing and a temporary yellow tent was set up to protect the car from being drenched by rainwater to avoid contamination of evidence.
Recently, Business Mirror reported that the reward money offered in exchange for information linked to the investigation has increased from PHP 200,000 (4,588 USD) to PHP 500,000 (11,476 USD) after the city government of Las Piñas offered an additional PHP 300,000 (6,886 USD). The additional reward was announced by Las Piñas Mayor Vergel Aguilar on Monday, who said that the offer was approved by the city council. The Mayor hopes that this increase can help in the early conclusion of the Davantes murder case.
Davantes was last seen alive by three friends driving a silver 2011 Toyota Altis car with a plate number of PIM-966 from the Bonifacio Global City parking lot at around 1 am on Saturday, five hours before her body was discovered. According to ABS-CBN news, the autopsy results declared the reason of death to be due to asphyxia caused by strangulation and multiple stab wounds in the neck. The results also confirmed no signs of sexual assault. At the crime scene, all that the victim was left with was her clothes and engagement ring, along with the murder weapons, a kitchen knife and Toshiba AC (alternating circuit) wire.
Kristelle ‘Kae’ Davantes was laid to rest last Sunday by her loved ones at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City.
People are encouraged to share relevant information regarding the case via calling the task force hotlines at 0919-5375799 and 0916-4381170. For regular updates on the investigation, please follow the Facebook page named Justice for KAE, managed by the Davantes family.
Image credit: Justice for KAE via Facebook