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