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Swiss National Found Murdered in Surigao City Hotel

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SURIGAO CITY—Authorities are now on a frantic search for a “John Lennon,” the Caucasian companion of murdered Swiss Florian Mayer who checked in with the victim at an apartelle a day before his body was found dumped on a grassy area Tuesday.

Police Superintendent Ruben Delos Santos, the city chief of police, disclosed that Mayer, 22, was spotted in the city with the Caucasian companion, who was also believed to have accompanied the victim inside the Jazz Apartelle in Barangay Togbongon on Monday, October 6.

Interestingly, the unidentified Caucasian used the name “John Lennon” when he signed his name on the apartelle register. Police said the two occupied room 607, and Mayer last seen entering his room at about 2:16 p.m. on the same day, Monday. Apartelle personnel said they did not see Mayer go out of the room and he could have left the apartelle unnoticed.

But where was “John Lennon”?

Police said he was nowhere to be found when Mayer’s lifeless body was discovered.

Apartelle attendants said “John Lennon” even failed to check out from the accommodation properly.


Multiple sources disclosed that Mayer was flush with cash and had been planning to establish his own bar in Siargao Island, where he reportedly intended to permanently settle.


“John Lennon,” these sources said, had befriended Mayer and accompanied the latter to Surigao City to buy materials and other necessities for the bar he was planning to construct.


Mayer died from strangulation and a lone stab wound that pierced through his heart, according to the autopsy conducted by Dr. Alex Uy of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Regional Crime Laboratory.


Police Chief Inspector Miraflor Tiu of Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) said Mayer also sustained laceration on his right leg and on his head, as well as bruises on his back.


Robbery could not be ruled out yet even if Mayer’s jewelries—gold necklace and silver bracelet—and wallet containing several credit cards were still in his possession, Inspector Tiu said. Found in Mayer’s rented room were his personal belongings and a gray Eastpak backpack containing his personal luggage.


Police Officer 3 Cesar Johans C. Castillo, the case Investigator, noted the presence of tire marks near the area where Mayer’s body was dumped. There were also no signs of struggle in the vicinity, he added.


This, he said, indicated that Mayer was already dead when his body was dumped at the area.


Mayer’s remains now lie in state at the Nilo Funeral Services in Kilometer 3, Barangay Luna.


Police are asking those who have information about Mayer’s killing to contact them: Surigao del Norte PPO hotline 0921-5114496; Surigao City Police Station 0998-1787778, PO3 Cesar Johans C. Castillo-0928-3146599, PRO 13 hotline: 342-1367; 09084544548. Caraga News/Jun Clerigo of DXKS-Surigao


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I live in Surigao City and I'm not worried (I'm not Swiss, either).  I don't feel the need to change any part of my routine or daily life.  




There's a lot of distance between CDO and Surigao City.  It's more than 5 hours by auto.

Besides your one of the nicest guys to know chief. :biggrin_01:

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Interesting pics taken from his Facebook page.


Of him in a military uniform holding a gun? Not so unusual considering all Swiss males have compulsary military service, and he was in that age range...


Leave it to the Philippine media to try and add drama that is totally unrelated to the story. Media is absolutely useless here, reporters here would have a hard time keeping a paper delivery job anywhere else in the world. 

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Well it is at least good to see it getting coverage. Usually there is a new vacuum here. All we had this morning was hear-say and radio reports. The media responding this quickly is a good thing as it allows the possibility for leads to be picked up before they go cold. 




I'm curious about this 4th man using the fictitious name "John Lennon"? Is he alive or is he victim number 4? Did he use the fictitious name because he knew that he planned on committing a criminal act, out of playfulness, or out of fear being found himself from something in his own past? Did John Lennon commit this crime, or was he himself also taken and his body will merely be found later? Was this a crime of passion, anger or just random act? Was it a larger robbery than anyone presently knows? Was it a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or just being next to the wrong person once they were found? Odd, very odd. 

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The media responding this quickly is a good thing as it allows the possibility for leads to be picked up before they go cold. 


I disagree. It just serves to proliferate more rumors and conjecture. Look at the first 'news' report that came from the media: a man named John Lennon having the nick name of 'nono' was shot in his hotel room. 


The poor victim wasn't even shot according to later 'news'. 

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I disagree. It just serves to proliferate more rumors and conjecture. Look at the first 'news' report that came from the media: a man named John Lennon having the nick name of 'nono' was shot in his hotel room. 


The poor victim wasn't even shot according to later 'news'. 

True, but that was early morning radio and my having to get the information 3rd hand. When Harry Doyle was murdered here over 2 years ago there was virtually no coverage in the Philippines at all. Large coverage means more people know, better chance for witness to come forward. If a composite drawing is made of the man known as John Lennon than the interest and outlets can quickly distribute the photos blocking his exit. No coverage is just that, obscure, hidden and soon just swept under the rug and forgotten. He was just found this Tuesday morning.  

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Guilt by association? Hanging around with fellow countrymen maybe?

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