U.S. Peace Corps volunteer found dead in Philippines

MANILA Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:12am EDT

1 of 3. Julia Campbell, a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, smiles during humanitarian relief work for typhoon victims, in Bicol province, in Philippines in this February 17, 2007 file photo. Campbell was feared murdered in the Philippines after her body was found in a shallow grave in a remote, mountainous area on April 17, 2007 the police said. Soldiers uncovered her body close to the village after a 10-day search. A former journalist based in New York, Campbell joined the Peace Corps in 2005 as a volunteer to the Philippines. She intended to return to the United States later this year for graduate studies. Picture taken during humanitarian relief work for typhoon victims in Bicol province February 17, 2007.

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MANILA (Reuters) - A U.S. Peace Corps volunteer was feared murdered in the Philippines after her body was found in a shallow grave in a remote, mountainous area on Wednesday, the police said.

Julia Campbell, 40, was last seen on April 8 in Ifugao, a province famed for its rice terraces about 160 miles north of Manila. She planned to hike in a hilly area near Batad village.

Soldiers uncovered her body close to the village after a 10-day search. Her feet were protruding from the soil.

"Theory is she was killed," Beth Cedo, a spokeswoman for the police, said in a mobile phone text message.

The military said they did not believe communist rebels, who are active in the northern Philippines, were responsible for Campbell's death.

A former journalist based in New York, Campbell joined the Peace Corps in 2005 as a volunteer to the Philippines. She intended to return to the United States later this year for graduate studies.

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