SUSPECT. Police release photo of the suspect in Fr. Mark Ventura's case.

LOOK: Police release facial composite of suspect in Fr. Ventura’s killing

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Police on Wednesday, May 2, released the computerized facial composite of one of the suspects on the slay of Fr. Mark Ventura.

The sketch was reportedly based on the account of the witnesses who saw him before the killing.

The suspect has a birthmark on his left cheeks, and a mole below his right eye, Cagayan Valley regional police chief Jose Mario Espino said in a press conference.

Espino appealed to public to come forward if they have more information that could help in the resolution of the case.

He also revealed that the family has offered P200, 000 cash reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspects and the mastermind of the

An additional P100,000 was also offered by the Philippine National Police (PNP), Espino added.

The regional police chief said the reward money can help in the speedy resolution of the case, as he urged possible witness to help in the investigation.

New leads

Police Senior Superintendent Warren Tolito, Cagayan provincial police chief and the head of the special investigation group, said they are following new developments in their probe.

Tolito said they learned that the 3 gunmen were seen in a remote village in Baggao town, asking residents for directions in going out of the area. They were wearing helmets and were riding a black Honda XRM when they fled the crime scene.

They were also seen eating pancit in a restaurant, and re-attaching their motorcycle’s plate number, Tolito said.

Tolito said these reports will strengthen their case because the suspects were seen without their helmets.

Police Chief Inspector Rodel Tabulog said that area would have been the only exit route of the gunmen because there were police stations in the other roads.

Although police said they immediately deployed officers to set up checkpoints, it was not yet clear why the gunmen were not apprehended in Baggao town.

Tabulog said he will meet with the chief of police in Baggao to discuss the development.