Wife of Visayas’s top drug personality found dead in Negros Occidental

Published October 2, 2020, 1:42 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Authorities are now investigating the death of Jenifer Mercader, Visayas’s top drug personality, and if it had anything has to do with the murder of his wife, who was found buried at the back of a sugarcane field in Barangay San Miguel, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental on Wednesday.

Juliet Mercader, 26, and a native of Cebu, was found two days after her husband was killed in a police shootout in Murcia town on September 28, according to La Carlota City Police Chief Lt. Col. Jonel Guadalupe.

She was identified on Thursday by a family friend.

Juliet’s body was discovered on September 30, when a sugarcane worker who was harvesting at that time in the area saw her buried in a pit, Guadalupe said.

She was naked and had a gunshot wound in the head, the police chief added. 

Police recovered the victim’s clothes and a wristwatch in the area.

Guadalupe said they also found several footprints, an indication that the crime was committed by more than one person.

Guadalupe said the victim might have been sexually molested, and was probably left in the area.

He said Juliet was subjected to a post mortem examination, and her remains will be transported to Cebu as requested by her family.

He said they were not sure if someone’s going after Juliet after her husband’s death.

“We don’t have any lead on the identities of the perpetrators as of press time,” Guadalupe added.

Jenifer, tagged as a “drug king pin” in Cebu, was neutralized by joint operatives of Central and Western Visayas after he allegedly resisted arrest during a manhunt operation in his house in Barangay Minoyan.