Insp. Eldy Magbanua, chief of M'lang PNP, identified the victim as Rachel Joy Blasé, 4th year high school student of the Koronadal City Comprehensive National High School in Koronadal City.
Blasé's classmates, told police in Koronadal City that the victim was meeting someone whom she only knew through texting.
Blasé was identified through the school ID the police recovered at 6:30 a.m. in a village located at least a kilometer away from where the victim's body was found.
Blasé's body was dumped in Nueva Vida village, just few meters away from the national highway. Her bag, school ID, and other things, were recovered in nearby Lapu-Lapu village.
The body bore torture marks, especially on her neck. The police said victim may have died from strangulation.
"The girl was first raped then killed through strangulation," said Magbanua in an interview over radio station dxND.
Blasé was reported missing since Monday, the police said.
Magbanua hinted the girl was raped and then killed somewhere between Koronadal City and Maguindanao and her body was dumped the body along the highway in M'lang. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)