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Call for Justice: Rape Victim Shella Condes Found Dead in a Sugarcane Field in Bacolod

Rape-slay victim Shella Condes was found naked with her hands tied up in a sugarcane field in Bacolod City.

A teenager identified as Shella Condes was found dead in a sugarcane plantation after she was allegedly raped by a tricycle driver in Bacolod City. The lifeless victim was lying naked in the crime scene when the authorities found her body. The 19-year-old rape-slay victim was an Information Technology student of STI-West Negros University.

Call for Justice: Rape Victim Shella Condes Found Dead in a Sugarcane Field in Bacolod
Photo taken from Shella Condes. She was raped and killed in a sugarcane field in Bacolod city.

Shella Condes allegedly left their home in Fortune Towne, Estefania at around 11p.m. on May 10, 2015, Sunday to visit her friends in a nearby village, Barangay Villamonte. However, she failed to reach her destination which prompted her parents to report the case to the local police. She was initially declared missing by her family last Monday morning, May 11, 2015. 

According to crime investigators, Shella allegedly took a tricycle ride. The driver of the said vehicle was identified as Ricardo "Badong" Ewayan, 34 years old, who is also the prime suspect of the rape-slay incident. The detectives mentioned that the perpetrator is also a resident in Barangay Estefania, who immediately fled to Cebu city after he allegedly committed the crime.

The local authorities immediately setup a joint operation to search the suspect. It didn't take too much time, Ewayan was arrested at his house in Sitio Bingig, Barangay 3 in Himamaylan City, also in Negros Occidental, Thursday noon time. The suspect tried to resist arrest when the police officers found out that he possessed the victim's mobile phone. Nonetheless, the arresting officers were able to pacify the suspect and he eventually submitted himself to the cops.

The suspect admitted the crime and led the authorities to the missing body. Shella Condes was found naked with her arms tied using her own clothes at the sugarcane field in Bacolod City, which is 500 meters away from Negros Occidental Police Provincial headquarters.

According to the initial statement of Ewayan, he punched the victim when she resisted the sexual assault.The victim lost her consciousness when Ewayan hit her head with a solid rock. The suspect also explained to the authorities that he was under the influence of intoxicating liquor when he raped Shella Condes.

The suspect, who is now detained at Police Station 4, will face charges of rape and robbery with homicide. The suspect has been scheduled to undergo a drug test.

Meanwhile, the parents of the rape victim in Bacolod are calling for justice for the death of their daughter. They are also infuriated when they learned that there are other possible suspects who raped Shella Condes.

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