US Peace Corp Found Dead
Message from Julia's Family: "During the past two years, Julia has been on assignment, she has served in various roles in the villages of Donsol (province of Sorsogon) where she worked with the local school there to rebuild and stock the school library. Many of her friends and family helped her in a campaign she created to provide age-appropriate reading materials to the library in a project she called "A Book and A Buck." She also worked with the local community to launch an ecology awareness campaign and build an Eco Center in Donsol. Most recently, she served as a teacher at the Divine Word College in Legaspi City, where she taught English."
"Julia is a bright, strong, and gifted woman. We are optimistic that the search efforts will be successful, and we continue to pray for her and the people who are searching for her."
Inquirer: "A search team from the Philippine Army's 502nd Infantry Brigade found the body of Julia Campbell in Battad village at around 10:30 a.m., but the cause of her death has yet to be determined, Major General Rodrigo Maclang, Army 5th Infantry Division chief, and Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro, military spokesman, said Wednesday.
Campbell, 40, of Fairfax, Virginia, went missing April 8 in the area outside Banaue where she had planned to view the famed mountainside rice terraces. Police have said that she might have fallen off a cliff.
Late last week, the US Embassy in Manila had declared her missing.
"She [Campbell] was found buried, with her feet protruding from the ground," Maclang said, quoting his men, who were at the scene.
A multi-agency search team, composed of elements from the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police (PNP), assisted by the US Embassy and Peace Corps, started scouring the Ifugao mountains last Saturday."
My deepest Condolences to her Family and US Peace Corps colleagues.