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PNP confirms hair strand recovered from car connected to case of missing beauty queen

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday confirmed that strands of a man’s hair were among the specimens recovered from an abandoned car in Batangas, which is believed to be connected to the disappearance of beauty queen Catherine Camilon.

Authorities have not yet identified to whom the hair specimen belongs and they are waiting for a legal basis to obtain DNA profiles from the identified suspects, PNP Public Information Office (PIO) Acting Chief and spokesperson, Police Col. Jean Fajardo said.

“We can confirm that aside from the hair strands that match the DNA profile of Catherine’s parents, there are still hair strands that match the male. But as for the owner of hair strands, we also need DNA samples just like we did with the parents of Ms. Catherine… So we need a specimen to compare with a different hair strand that is not Catherine’s,” she said.

A preliminary investigation for the cases of kidnapping and serious illegal detention is scheduled for Dec. 19 and Jan. 9, where the suspects, PMaj. Allan de Castro and his driver are expected to submit their counter-affidavits.

The PNP earlier said the samples taken from the abandoned SUV matched those of Camilon’s kin, corroborating witnesses’ accounts that she was seen being transferred to the vehicle.

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