Authorities have recovered the body of a man who allegedly jumped into the sea after killing his pregnant wife, son, and elder sister in Patnanungan, Quezon.

Fishermen found the body of Nolasco Gabriel, 37, around 7:30 a.m. Friday at the shoreline of Brgy. Pamatdan, Polillo, according to a report from the Quezon Provincial Police.

Authorities confirmed the death of Gabriel’s wife Melanie and son Mark Norman also on Friday, after their bodies were exhumed at a forested area in Brgy. Poblacion, Patnanungan, around 4 p.m.

Gabriel was last seen alive on November 14 while riding a ferry with Patnanungan policemen PO2 Richard Pilarta and PO1 Nelson Iglesia.

The lawmen were supposed to bring the suspect before the Quezon Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Lucena City where he was set to face charges of murder and two counts of parricide.

Gabriel asked his police escorts to let him use the “comfort room” but as they were nearing the facility, reportedly pushed them and suddenly jumped into the sea.

Pilarta and Iglesia, along with the ferry’s crew and a passenger, tried to save Gabriel but failed because of strong winds and waves, said a report from the Patnanungan Police.

Gabriel “surrendered” to authorities on November 9, after hacking to death his older sister Lolita Gabriel-Cailo.

The suspect admitted killing and burying his wife and son, police said in a report on November 13. (John Roson)

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