Woman found stuffed in steel drum, in-laws charged with murder
A plastic bag was over her head. She had a belt around her neck. She had been handcuffed. She was found at the bottom of Manila Bay, encased in concrete, inside a steel drum, further encased in concrete, inside a steel plate box.
Sister's search revealed gruesome murder
Actress and beauty queen Rochelle Barrameda tearfuly recounted the circumstances of her sister's death in a television interview. Her sister Ruby Rose Barrameda-Jimenez had gone missing in 2007. She had since been vocal about her suspicion that her sister's husband and in-laws had something to do with her sister's disappearance.
"Her husband was beating her, and she fought back." Rochelle recounted. Ruby Rose had filed a complaint against her husband. The complaint was dismissed.
In 2007, Rochelle accompanied by a TV crew had demanded entry to the Jimenez residence in her search for Ruby Rose. They had been allowed inside, and the televised search revealed nothing.
An informant connected to the Jimenez family had surfaced and guided police operatives in a two-week search Manila Bay waters off Navotas City. The steel case weighed about 2 tons and required special equipment. The informant had given very specific instructions on how to extract the body, pointing out how it was positioned inside the drum in order to avoid damage.
Fishing Magnate In-laws charged
The informant, identified as Manuel Montero has pointed to Ruby Rose's in-laws as the masterminds of the gruesome deed. Lope and Manuel II Jimenez, uncle and father of estranged husband Manuel III Jimenez, along with four others are to be charged for murder. The Jimenez family is prominent in the fishing port city of Navotas and are the owners of Buena Suerte Jimenez and Trading Company.