3 La Union Treasure Hunters Buried Alive


CAMP DIEGO SILANG, La Union – A father and son and another companion, who were allegedly digging for treasures, were trapped dead inside a 50-feet deep hole they were excavating in sitio Bucutan, Barangay San Fermin, in Caba town, Tuesday.


The victims were identified as Bonifacio Pepe Rimorin, 54, and his son Jonathan, 30, a resigned personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, both residents of Barangay Gana, Caba, La Union; and their companion Wilfredo Gatchalian Jr, 59, a resident of Barangay Sobredillo, also in Caba.

Initial investigation showed that the victims failed to go home on Monday night, from the site they had earlier gone to dig for the alleged treasure. Relatives tried to find them the following until they discovered at around 10:00 a.m. Tuesday that the three were left inside the hole.

Photos by VICENTE ALHAMBRA, JR/NPN-northboundasia.com

Rescuers, who retrieved their bodies, said that the victims may have died due to lack of oxygen. JUN ELIAS/NPN-northboundasia.com