Dead man found buried in Taal Volcano Island
BATANGAS, Philippines (UPDATED) – A dead man was found buried in the muddy portion of Taal Volcano Island on Saturday, February 15.
A police reported identified the dead man as 26-year-old Marlon Deteral. His stepfather Christopher Deteral identified Marlon, who was recognized through his body tattoo.
Batangas police chief Colonel Edwin Quilates said a flat boat owner who went to the island to dig up his boat found the man's body.
"Deteral was not reported missing in our office that's why we're still conducting an investigation on the recovered body," Quilates said in a phone interview.
Marlon's sister told police said that her brother went back to the island to attend a wedding, but then went missing afterwards
According to police records, a certain Alexander Dando Jr of Barangay Alas-as, San Nicolas, Batangas, was the one officially reported missing since the volcano erupted in January. Quilates said Dando was still missing.
Taal Volcano first erupted on January 12 and has been declared a no man's land since then.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) downgraded the alert level to 2 by Friday morning, February 14. – Rappler.com