The search continues for 10 year old Jason Pau of Xulin Ha Village, Toledo who was reported missing on Friday July 31st at the Blue Creek Cave in Blue Creek Village. The distress call was made to police around 6:03 pm on Friday and authorities immediately launched an extensive investigation into the missing child. As of three pm today, after 3 days of extensive search, authorities have finally come across a hint as to the whereabouts of the child, now presumed dead. Superintendent Simeon Alvarez, Officer Commanding Toledo Police told us more.
“About half an hour ago, we received a call from the police that is presently on site in the Blue Creek Cave area, where some locals from the village continue to search for the missing person. According to the police, a stench was coming from an area where they are suspecting that the child may have been floating at this time. What we are doing at this time is to get trained divers to go in that particular area to see whether he could be located. ”
All assumptions were that he drowned in the river of the Blue Creek Cave but what actually happened that lead to his drowning is a question that still haunts his father Edwardo Pau who is desperately seeking answers.
Edward Pau– Father
“To say that somebody push him – I couldn’t know. The only way is if the authorities investigate individual, one by one. To me, 35 people, why they don’t see what’s wrong and what happened. After all, some say that they child just disappear but nothing like that. Some say that he jumped into the pool and some say that nobody see but they heard that somebody dropped. Nobody stand up. I saw someone jumped and witnessed. Nothing is wrong if they said that he jumped. I can’t put no blame if my son jumped by himself. Well, I can’t blame no body. My concern is that somebody might have pushed him. They can say anything.”
Supt. Simeon Alvarez
“There is a lot of confusing thoughts out there. We are trying to gather the correct information. There are a lot of allegations being made and the police are currently investigating that alleged allegation that are coming forward to police. If anyone is responsible for throwing him in the water, then that person will be dealt with criminally.”
Emanuel Pech – Plus TV Reporter
“At this time, it’s not being investigated criminally?”
Supt. Simeon Alvarez
“Based on the information, defiantly we have to treat it that way.”
10 year old Jason Pau had reportedly gone on a church outing with a group of 35 people 25 American volunteers and 10 locals. They took a tour of the cave and somewhere along that tour, 10 year old Jason went missing. The father says that the people who were tasked with keeping his child safe are at fault as he believes they did not do enough to ensure the safety of his son.
“I was so sad for what happened to my ten year old son. I think I want to blame the American people that came and ask for permission. According to my wife, the lady came into my house and asked for permission to my wife and wanted my son to go for a tour. He was in her care you know which nothing like that happened. She did not take care of my son because I can see that 34 persons and one child. No one put themselves and encouraged young children that you shouldn’t do this and you shouldn’t do that. He has a photo of him sitting down on top of the rock and nobody encouraged him not to do it especially the tour guide. He is the one that put the rules and what will happen, how much people could go. One tour guide couldn’t manage 35 people you know.”
At our news time, there were reports that a strong odor was coming from the cave as recovery efforts continued.