A decaying body which is suspected to be the that of beheaded Canadian kidnap victim Robert Hall was discovered by troops of the Joint Task Group Sulu in Talipao, Sulu on Saturday morning.
According to reports, the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) said local residents of Upper Barangay Kamuntayan, Talipao informed authorities of the body.
The body was then immediately brought to the JTG Sulu Headquarters in Barangay Busbus, Jolo, Sulu for documentation before it will be turned over to the Scene of the Crime Operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Hall is the beheaded Canadian by Abu Sayaff Group ( ASG ) on June 13, 2016 whose head was later recovered by civilians in front of Jolo Cathedral gate.
The beheaded Canadian was with fellow Canadian national John Ridsdel, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Marites Flor. They were abducted last last September 21, 2015 at the Ocean View Resort in Barangay Camudmud, Samal City, Davao del Norte.
Previously reported, Risdel was first beheaded by the bandits in April while the Filipina, Marites Flor has been freed recently. Unfortunately, Sekkingstad remains in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf. ( Read: Canadian hostage executed by Abu Sayaff )
The act of Abu Sayyaf Group in beheading its captives has been described by the Wesmincom as contrary to Islamic teachings.
Following the recovery of the suspected body of the beheaded Canadian, focused military operations are being undertaken in the area to neutralize the Abu Sayyaf and possibly rescue the remaining kidnap victim.