- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Law enforcement officials were not able to provide details about a 25-year-old Filipino woman that was found dead in her apartment in June from an apparent suicide, after a Filipino television station reported she had stab wounds to her neck and chest.

Romina Ignacio was found dead in the bathtub in her Highlands apartment on June 27. A Filipino television station, InterAksyon, reported Thursday that Ignacio “bore stab wounds in the neck and chest.”

The ABS-CBNnews in the Philippines reported Ignacio had superficial wounds in the abdomen and near her heart. She was found inside a bathtub wearing her clothes and flip-flops.

The television station also reported that the “U.S. county sheriff” concluded it was a suicide because there was no forced entry to Ignacio’s apartment, and it was locked from the inside.

Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said Capt. Steve Lutz and Death Scene Investigator John Tracy are handling the case. Lutz was not available and Tracy declined to comment. Henderson also said the office hasn’t receive a determination from the coroner’s office.

“I’m not aware that the death is being investigated as a homicide,” said Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder. He said he was told the death was a suspected suicide and her body was taken to the Sedwick County Forensics Science Center.

Brittany Clampitt, communication coordinator with the Forensics Science Center, said Ignacio’s autopsy is still pending.

Schroeder added that he responded to the home the night her body was found, but did not go inside the home. He said he went there because of the “nature of her injuries” and because there were about a half dozen sheriff vehicle outside the home.

The Filipino television station reported that Ignacio showed bruises on the chest, which they said was not in a report. The station was told by Ignacio’s friend that she had issues with her workplace and wanted to move away. They also stated the friend told them that Ignacio’s employer wanted her to do something that was illegal and “against her own personal principles.” The News was unable to determine Ignacio’s place of employment.

Ignacio arrived to the U.S. March 15 as a physical therapist. She was in Manhattan, Kan., for two months before she was transferred to Hutchinson, according to the ABS-CBNnews.

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