SANTA RITA TIMES
September 17, 2014 (Wednesday) Vol. 10, Issue No. 17
Dela Vega heiress found dead
Lorraine Natividad Dela Vega, youngest child of the Dela Vega family was discovered dead at the Our Lady of Ransom Parish last September 13, Saturday morning.
Based on the initial investigation conducted by the Santa Rita Police, the 22-year old Dela Vega daughter incurred a head injury that might have been the cause of her death.
Senior Supt. Alfredo Torres, head of the investigation said that there were no deadly weapons found inside the church. However, it is still too early to declare that there’s no foul play involved in the death of Lorraine.
“We will wait for the autopsy results before jumping into conclusions,” added Colonel Torres.
According to the Dela Vega family, Lorraine went out to meet some friends on Friday night before she died. She was wearing a denim jeans, red sweatshirt and grey checkered scarf.
The body was fully-clothed when found at the center aisle of the church.
Santa Rita Police are continuously searching for possible witnesses to the incident.
SANTA RITA TIMES
September 30, 2014 (Tuesday) Vol. 10, Issue No. 18
Suspect arrested in Dela Vega heiress murder
After two weeks of thorough investigation, Santa Rita police have arrested the suspect to the murder of Lorraine N. dela Vega last September 26, Friday.
The suspect was identified as Cyrus Fuentebella Buenavista, 25 years old, the only son and heir of Buenavista Group of Companies, Inc.
Buenavista is charged with murder and currently detained at the Poblacion Provincial Jail.
Based on autopsy results, the late dela Vega died due to asphyxiation at around 11:00 of September 12, Friday evening.
“We are certain that the victim was choked to death using her scarf. But, the alleged weapon do not have any fingerprints (besides Lorraine’s) at all,” stated Sr. Supt. Alfredo Torres. There were marks seen on the neck of the victim that are quite similar to the patterns of her scarf.
“Despite the absence of fingerprints, we were still able to get a strong evidence. A signature khaki jacket which apparently belongs to Buenavista,” said Colonel Torres.
The investigation team found the jacket lying on the floor near the left side exit door of the church. Cops have assumed that the suspect accidentally left it while escaping from the crime scene.
An unidentified witness also testified to the police that he saw a man on a black Ducati bike speeding away from the church between 11 and 12 midnight. Buenavista presently owns a 2014 black Ducati low rider.
Lorraine Dela Vega and Cyrus Buenavista used to go to the same college and were often seen together. Authorities are still investigating the suspect’s motive in killing the victim.
The Buenavista family chose to remain silent and refused any interviews related to the issue.
To be continued…