Military still determining identity of foreign woman found dead in yacht off Sulu

MANILA — The Western Mindanao Command is still determining whether the foreign woman found dead in a light-blue yacht floating off Pangutaran Island in Sulu province was the companion of a German allegedly abducted by Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits.

Major Filemon Tan, WMC spokesperson, said the woman could be the companion of a 70-year-old Juegen Kantner, a German allegedly abducted by the brigands last week while cruising off Tanjong Luuk Pisuk in Sabah, Malaysia.

Tan said that they are now determining whether the victim, initially identified as Sabina Wetch, was Kantner’s companion. Bandits under ASG sub-leader Muamar Askali allegedly attacked and boarded their vessel.

Tan said the body of the woman, believed to be in her 50s, was found by residents around 6 a.m. Sunday off the vicinity of Laparan in Pangutaran.

The yacht was reportedly named “Rock All” and also features a German flag.

The victim’s body sustained gunshot wounds, which could have probably caused her death. Also found near the body was a shotgun.

Tan said Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi immediately sent troops in the area to investigate the incident and assist in the recovery of the abandoned craft.

They are also coordinating with the Philippine National Police and its Scene-of-the-Crime Operatives for forensic assistance.