A 17-year-old girl was found dead this morning after being raped and having skin peeled off from her face in the Philippines.
Christine Silawan, a grade nine student, had been on her way to church on Sunday afternoon but when she did not return home her mother Joan alerted the police to her daughter's disappearance at 7pm.
This morning police found the teenager, whose face had been skinned, leaving just her skull, teeth, eyes and hair on one side of her head, dead in a vacant field in Barangay Bangkal, with her trousers and underwear removed.
She was last seen at 4pm with three men in Lapu-Lapu City in the Cebu province
Officers said that they suspected the teenager had been raped and are now waiting for the post-mortem examination results.
They believe the killers could have been high on illegal drugs or removed the girl's face as part of a twisted ritual.
Colonel Obon added: 'Police are investigating all motives about whether the young victim was the subject of an unprovoked attack and if the suspects were under the influence of drugs.
Christine Silawan, 17, was found dead this morning in a vacant field in Barangay Bangkal, Philippines, after being raped and having her face cut off.