Body of Fil-Am businessman in GenSan found after killer admits to crime

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A decomposing body of a Filipino-American businessman was exhumed in General Santos City after his alleged killer admitted to the crime, police said Thursday.

Police Senior Inspector Fernando T. Manuel Jr., chief of police of Police Station (PS) 7, said suspect Lito Arela Simudong, 45, was arrested Tuesday, March 13, for alleged robbery with intimidation, and possession of illegal firearms and drugs.

During his detention at PS7, Simudong allegedly disclosed killing certain Frank Cruz, 73, a foreign national from Guam and doing business and temporarily residing in Bula, General Santos City.

When Cruz’s decomposing body was exhumed, police said his foot was tied with nylon rope and his head was wrapped with packing tape.

Manuel said Simudong told investigators that he has other six cohorts, including minors.

Simudong and the other suspects allegedly killed Cruz on February 28 and got his valuable things.

Except for the four minors who were released to their parents, the three other suspects are now in the custody of PS7 and charges would be filed against them.