Missing Grade 12 boy from Baguio found dead in a creek

Rambo Talabong

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Missing Grade 12 boy from Baguio found dead in a creek
Vaughn Dicang went missing on September 1. The details of his case remain unclear.

MANILA, Philippines – Vaughn Dicang, a missing Grade 12 boy from Baguio City, was found dead in a creek on Thursday, September 7, police confirmed.

“Yes, he was found sa (at) Balacbac creek,” Baguio City police chief Senior Superintendent Ramil Saculles told Rappler in a phone interview.

Saculles said Dicang’s own relatives saw his body.

The boy was 17 years old.

Saculles declined to give Dicang’s cause of death for now, saying an autopsy is still being conducted. In the meantime, he urged the public to avoid accusing police of being behind the boy’s death, as the details of the case remain unclear.

According to a Facebook post by Dicang’s older brother, he went missing on September 1, wearing a gray jacket and dark pants, and carrying a red backpack.

His body was found at 9:40 am on Thursday, with police arriving at the scene around 11 am.

“Our entire family would like to thank all the people who helped and prayed for him,” Dicang’s brother said. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.