DNA lab test confirms head found belongs to Canadian PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:26

The director of the Philippines police’s crime laboratory  on Tuesday confirmed that a decapitated head of a Caucasian man found near a catholic church in Jolo island

belongs to Canadian Robert Hall whom the Abu Sayyaf had beheaded after the P600 million ransom was not paid on June 13.

Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Aranas said that Hall’s DNA profile given by the Canadian embassy and the DNA from the specimen taken from the severed head have matched.

The Canadian’s severed head was found beside Mount Carmel Cathedral along Sanchez St. Jolo town proper.

”I would like to inform the public that finally we have confirmed the identification of the decapitated head. We were able to identify the victim through DNA and luckilly we were given the DNA profile of Mr. Robert Hall, it was generated by the national forensic laboratory services from Ottawa Canada. In other words the head that was recovered is indeed that of Mr. Robert Hall,” Aranas was quoted by state-run Philippines News Agency (PNA) as saying during a press briefing in Manila Tuesday morning.

”All kinds of tissues that can be used... We took buccle swabs, from the oral cavity, neck muscle as well as left  earlobe yun and all of them showed DNA profile we successfully obtained DNA profiles from these three samples,” he explained.

Aranas said they are still waiting for Hall’s unfound body, adding that the Philippine National Police Crime Lab will use the same method in comparing the DNA from the recovered body and the one provided by the Canadian Embassy.

Hall’s severed head stuffed in a plastic bag was found by the police after an information given by a “concerned citizen. It was turned over to the military’s  Trauma Station Hospital of the Kampo Heneral Teodolo Bautista for proper disposition.

Hall’s compatriot John Ridsel was also beheaded by the Daesh-affiliated group last April 25.

The two Canadians, along with a Norwegian and a Filipino woman were seized in September last year at a posh resort in Samal Island off Davao City.