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Live-in partners found dead in separate houses

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HERMOSA, Bataan — The decomposing body of a registered nurse was discovered while her physician live-inpartner died, both on Saturday, in separate houses in two villages here.

Lharlyn Belleza, 32, was first to be seen dead inside their bedroom in the second floor of the house she shared with and owned by Dr. Christian Cruz, 39, an anesthesiologist, in Barangay Mambog.

Neighbors who refused to be named said they last saw Belleza opening the main gate of their compound Tuesday and that since then the gate remained closed. They could not say when they last saw the doctor.

Larry Soyangco who arrived and viewed the body refused to confirm that the body was that of his daughter Lharlyn. The body was bloated and smelly. He asked police he would bring other relatives to help him identify the body.

Police said other relatives positively identified the victim.

An embalmer who likewise asked not to be identified said that based on the condition of the body of the nurse, she was dead already four days ago. Cruz, son of a former three term mayor of Hermosa, reportedly locked himself inside a room in his father’s house in Barangay Palihan where he was found unconscious Saturday past noon.

He was rushed to the Bataan Peninsula Medical Center in Dinalupihan, Bataan but he was declared dead on arrival.

Years ago, Cruz ran for mayor of Hermosa but lost. Chief Inspector Joey Sampaga, Hermosa police chief, said cause of the couple’s death still under investigation pending result of autopsy.

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