The girl went missing after attending church on Sunday evening. Her body was found in an empty lot this morning. Police officer Lyno Pino told Cebu Daily News Digital the young girl was found half naked and lying lifeless.
Dan Gascosgacos, the main investigator in the case, identified the victim as Christine Lee Silawan.
She is from Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City, and served as a collector in the nearby Sacred Heart Parish Church in Pajac.
Mr Pino said the student from Maribago High School attended the 6pm mass at chutch but went missing shortly after.
The girl was found on Monday morning in a two-hectare property that is 500 metres away from the closest residential area.
Mr Pino said the motive for the killing has not yet been established.
He added police are now studying CCTV footage of the church to see who the girl was with in the hours leading up to her death.
Senior Superintendent Lemuel Obon, chief of the Lapu-Lapu Police Office, said: “She was brutally killed.
“She was part of a church ministry as a church collector.
“She asked permission from her mother yesterday (Sunday) that she would go to church but she was not able to go home since then.”
He added police are now looking for three men who could be behind the gruesome killing.
He added: “We have witnesses who said that the girl was last seen alive with three men. We are tracing their identities.”
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