ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao – The lifeless body of a 2-year old girl, who was earlier reported to have drowned in a 7-feet deep irrigation canal, was recovered by rescuers floating in a portion of the canal at San Pascual here Tuesday morning.
Police authorities identified the victim as Queenie Rose Noque, 2, a resident of San Pascuasl, Alfonso Lista, Ifugao.
Initial police investigation showed the victim, together with an older minor cousin, went to a portion near the irrigation canal to play yesterday morning but during lunch time, the grandmother of the two minors was surprised to see that only her cousin was able to go home.
The incident was immediately reported to concerned authorities who immediately conducted search and rescue operations along the stretch of the irrigation canal but their efforts were in vain overnight.
However, upon resumption of the rescue operations, the victim’s body was already retrieved floating in a portion of the irrigation canal.
It was learned that only the grandmother was looking after the welfare of the two children because her mother reportedly went to work abroad only a few days ago.
Elements of the Scene of the Crime Operation (SOCO) team found no signs of foul play in the body of the victim, thus, they concluded that there was no foul play in the incident considering that she might have slipped in the irrigation canal and she was not able to be rescued by her slightly older minor companion.