Quezon City Police acknowledges remains of peace consultant Randy Echanis after fingerprint test

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 12) - The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said it will return the remains of Randall "Randy" Echanis to his family after finally acknowledging on Wednesday that the body belongs to the Anakpawis Partylist leader and National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant.

The police was able to confirm Echanis' identity after conducting a fingerprint test.

They also confirmed that Echanis and “Manuel Santiago” are one and the same, based on the identification card found with the body.

QCPD chief Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo told a press conference that the fingerprint found on the ID with Echanis’ name was identical with the fingerprint in the postmortem chart of the body identified as “Santiago.”

Echanis, 72, and a neighbor were killed inside a rented house in Novaliches, Quezon City last August 10.

Montejo said investigators are looking into different angles on the cause of deaths, including robbery and the possibility that someone might have a personal grudge against the victim.

Echanis' body bore "torture marks, multiple stab wounds and gunshot wounds," according to his wife, Erlinda.

Before the QCPD made the acknowledgement on the body’s identity, Erlinda said in an ambush interview that she was also able to confirm that it was indeed her spouse in the photo shown to her.

Meanwhile, QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit head Major Elmer Monsalve said that Echanis' wife was able to present their marriage contract to prove their relationship, but the police unit is still for waiting Erlinda's statement before they can turn over the body to her.

The body of Echanis will be transferred to the Philippine General Hospital for autopsy.