ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/23 February)—An American national was reported missing and believed kidnapped by unknown persons but police and military authorities said they were baffled by the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.
Milton Taylor was reportedly last seen on January 11 at Lamar Inn in Cagayan de Oro City in the company of some friends.
Bobby Quijano of Pailiog Inc., a non-government organization here said that “Taylor’s wife reported to the embassy that his husband was missing. She suspected that her husband was abducted by his friends.”
“Taylor left his passport and a metal detector gadget at the hotel,” Quijano said.
Col. Cresente Leo Ferrer, commanding officer of the 601st Infantry Brigade based in Ditucalan, this city, said: “The sudden disappearance of Taylor is a bit unusual. He was reported to the US embassy as missing last January 22, eleven days since he was last seen. We were only informed of his alleged abduction last February 14.”
Ferrer said Taylor was a treasure hunter and incurred a bill of P20,000 at that hotel where he stayed.
He said that if the American was indeed kidnapped his abductors would have made some calls.
“Taylor has a history of running away from his debts,” the military official said.
He said police were tracking Taylor. (VIoleta M. Gloria/MindaNews)