American, Wife Found Dead
An American and his Filipina wife who were reported missing for two weeks were found dead yesterday in a deep well near their farm house in Villa Emmanuel in Barangay Blumentritt in Murcia town.
MUTYA NG PILIPINAS 2015 winners, (from left) Julee Ann Marie Bourgoin - First Runner Up, Nina Josie Robertson - Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities, Leren Mae Bautista - Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International, Janela Joy Cuaton - Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International and Brenna Casandra Gamboa - Second Runner Up, at the Bacolod People’s House yesterday. Also in photo are Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. (left) and City Administrator Atty. Rolando Villamor (right).* (CMO-PIO photo)
The decomposing bodies of 58-year-old Kevin Fleischauer, , and 60-year-old wife, the former Lolly Mangilaya, both of Sta. Clara Subdivision in Bacolod City, were retrieved from the well.
The body of Kevin was retrieved from the deep well in the morning, while Lolly’s body was retrieved from the same well shortly before 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon.
Both bodies bore signs of having been hit with hard objects.
Their Baptist church colleagues who visited them to check on them for having been absent for several days led to the discovery, particularly due to the smell of decomposing matter.
The Fleischauers were engaged in organic farming.
The last time they were seen was when they attended a church service on August 2.
On August 9 and August 16, they failed to attend prompting other church members led by their pastor to visit the couple.
Church members smelled foul odor prompting them to report to Barangay Captain Eduardo Reosura who subsequently called for police assistance.
Murcia municipal rescuers, Murcia PNP operatives, Bacolod Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRMMO) rescuers headed by DRMMO head Rufino Alcala, together with Amity Volunteer Brigade men, used special equipments to retrieve both bodies, with difficulties in pulling out that of the wife.
BOMBO REPORTS. Based on the exclusive coverage and interviews by Bombo reporter Nonie Flores who was the first mediaman for most hours on the scene yesterday, police operatives found the couple’s room in disarray but a bag containing jewelries and undetermined cash were found untouched.
Another bag believed to be owned by Lolly was found inside the women’s quarter with only P20 inside.
Not one of the four farm and house boys of the couple were not in the farm house yesterday.
Reosura said the couple are good people who extend help when needed.
Reosura once remembered in 2014 that the couple reported to his office a noisy music of their neighbour to stop. That was the only incident he remembers the couple reported to his office.
It was reported that Lolly is a retired bank employee in the US.
Police Senior Inspector Lawrence Gerard Bathan, Murcia PNP chief said they are conducting further investigations, with focus on the four people who used to help the couple in their organic farm* (Cyrus M. Garde w/reports from Arman Toga)