April 18, 2007 / 8:14 AM / 11 years ago

U.S. Peace Corps volunteer found dead in Philippines

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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