MANILA –Joint Task Force Sulu units on Saturday have recovered the remains of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) German hostage, Juergen Kantner, who was beheaded by the terrorist group last Feb. 26.
Kantner’s severed head and body were discovered 5: 45 p.m. at the Sitio Talibang, Barangay Buanza, Indanan town, Joint Task Force Sulu commander Col. Cirilito Sobejana said in a message to the PNA.
He added that the corpse was discovered by troops conducting search-and-retrieval operations.
“SOCO (scene-of-the-crime operatives) Sulu was requested to conduct site preservation for evidence and post mortem procedure. The cadaver shall be kept at KHTB (Kutang Heneral Teodulfo Bautista) Hospital Morgue while completing the documentary requirements prior to transport,” Sobejana disclosed.
Kantner was kidnapped by the ASG bandits while his yacht “Rockall” was cruising off Sulu waters last November.
His companion, 56-year-old Sabine Mertz, was shot and killed by the bandits and allegedly raped.
The ASG earlier released a video showing Kantner begging for his government to pay his Php 30 million ransom before 3 p.m. Feb. 26 or else he would be executed.