Suspect in Pinay's slay turned over to Sharjah police

Posted at 09/06/12 11:40 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The alleged suspect in the brutal killing of a Dubai-based businesswoman is now under the custody of the Sharjah police.

Roberto Bayacap of the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai told dzMM that suspect Erick de Chavez was transferred from Dubai to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

“Lilinawin ko po natagpuan po ang bangkay ni Lorna Varona sa Sharjah, kaya po ang suspect na si Erick De Chavez inilipat from Dubai para imbistigahan sa Sharja,” said Bayacap.

De Chavez is also an undocumented worker, Bayacap said.

Varona was found days after she was reported missing. Her body was discovered inside the trunk of her car parked somewhere in Sharjah.

Varona’s family said the suspect is a family friend who owed Varona more than P3.5 million.

“May mga lumalabas na balita tungkol nga diyan sa money lending na isang motibo pero po sa konsulado po naghihintay po kami ng confirmed na report. Naghihintay po kami ng outcome ng investigation ng Sharjah police,” said Bayacap.

Bayacap added that Varona’s body will be released to her family once the police investigation is over.

Varona worked and lived in Dubai for 30 years. She first worked as a receptionist of a hotel until finally putting up the very first Pinoy bakery. Since then, Varona managed to establish three other successful businesses in Dubai.