SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Police authorities are investigating the circumstances behind the death of a 58-year-old male helper whose body was found in front of a lechon manok stand along the national highway in Barangay Sevilla here, Tuesday morning.

Senior Supt. Julius Suriben, city police chief, identified the cadaver as that of Jose F. Garcia, also known as ‘Rizal’, of Brgy. Parian, and a jeepney barker in this city.

Suriben told media men that Domingo E. Vidal, Jr., the victim’s friend who identified the body, said that he (Vidal, Jr.) and Garcia and two others, a certain Arturo and “JK, ” were on a drinking spree at a bar in Ilokanos Sur on Monday night at about 11:00 o’clock until they broke up and went their separate ways.

Suriben, quoting Vidal, said that Vidal and his companions tried but failed to locate the victim so they would resume their drinking session.

Dr. Armand Carrera, city health medical officer, said that Garcia had a back head injury and there were signs of any struggle at the place where his body was found.

Chief Inspector Melani Ordoño of the Scene of the Crime Operatives, said that they were still determining the cause of Garcia’s death, but it was possible, she said, that because of too much alcoholic drinks, the victim fell down and hit his head hard at the concrete pavement.

It was not clear whether the cadaver was claimed or not, but it is now lying at a funeral parlor in Bauang town. ERWIN G. BELEO/NorthboundPH