April 21, 2007 at 7:32 AM #52379
MANILA, Philippines (AP) – An autopsy revealed that a Peace Corps volunteer found buried in a shallow grave in a Philippine mountain village was killed by blows to the head, officials said Saturday.
Julia Campbell, 40, of Fairfax, Va., suffered “multiple blunt traumatic injuries of the head,” police Chief Inspector Mamerto Bernabe, a pathologist who led the autopsy, told reporters at a suburban funeral parlor.
Crime laboratory head Chief Superintendent Arturo Cacdac said Campbell’s remains were immediately turned over to the Peace Corps after the autopsy, which was observed by U.S. forensic experts.
Police are looking for a man who may have been involved in Campbell’s death in the northern Philippines. Investigators said that a witness claimed he saw a man in the area of the shallow grave in Banaue township where Campbell’s body was found on Wednesday, 10 days after she went missing.
Senior Superintendent Pedro Ganir, police chief of Ifugao province, which includes Banaue, said the man was the husband of a woman who sold a Coca-Cola to Campbell before she headed off on a hike in the area’s famed mountainside rice terraces, a World Heritage site.
Ganir said investigators were looking into “robbery with homicide or rape with homicide.”
Soldiers searching for Campbell _ a freelance journalist who had reported for The New York Times and other media organizations _ found one of her feet sticking out from the shallow grave in a dry mountain creek.
Campbell had been teaching English at the Divine Word College in Albay province’s Legazpi city, southeast of Manila, since October 2006.
April 20, 2007 at 5:37 PM #52333
Julia Campbell was reported missing last April 11th, 2007… (my daughtersbirthday)
Virginia Tech Massacre….April 16th 2007…(my husbands birthday)
When tomorrow starts without me
And I am not there to see
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you would not cry
The way you did today.
While thinking of many things
We did not get to say.
I know how much you love me
As much as I love you.
And each time that you think of me
I know you will miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand.
And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I would have to leave behind,
All those I dearly loved.
But when I walked though heavens gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From his great golden throne.
He said “This is eternity, And all I promised you.”
Today for life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
For today will always last,
And since seach days the same way,
There is no longing for the past.
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Do not think ware far apart.
For every time you think of me,
I am right there in your heart.
; my heart and prayers goes to her family, she will live on in the hearts of everyone who loved her.
; and to all of you my gobicol family take care and God Bless You All!
April 20, 2007 at 2:26 PM #52330
My wife and two kids were able to meet Julia’s parents (Ron Linda) this noon in their big and peaceful house about ten minutes drive away from us. They were so warm and cool upon greeting us in their doorstep. I immediately hug Ron upon seeing him responded to my calland express to them how deeply sorry we were and in behalf of the Filipinoswe offered condolences. We don’t know Julia personally niether their parents but with the outpouring support seen in Julia’s blog prompted me to find them and convey our deepest sympathy to their family. They were so sweet and probably as sweet as Julia though we never meet in person. They even showed us pictures of Julia when she was still alive living in a nipa hut contrary to their modern house here in Fairfax, VA. It feels so good knowing and seeing the parents of a greatandselfless ladyin the personof Julia Campbell.I encourage everyone to visit Julia’s blog” http://juliainthephilippines.blogspot.com/” and find out by yourself how you will be truly touched and admire this lady.
April 19, 2007 at 5:00 AM #52250
How sad to note Julia’s stint as a peace corps volunteer ended that way. Definitely she was robbed (and I hope not raped). God bless her kind and unselfish soul.
Comparatively, the stigma this will bring is beyondreproach to theshooting rampageat Virginia Tech. Let’s pray this ugliness does not occur in our thickly populated universities.
April 18, 2007 at 10:19 AM #52203
Please offer prayers to US Peace Corps worker Julia Campbell. She’s a person with unselfish heart who had touched thelife of our kababayans mostly in Albay and Donsol, Sorsogon. Your great work will always be remembered in the heart of every Bicolanos. May you rest in Peace!!!
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