"Maria Clariz Faylona, a 23-year-old resident of Zamboanga City, went missing on April 2. Her dead body was found a week later in a grave site in the village of Pasonanca, barely two kilometers from her home," reports Julie Alipala in Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Faylona's face had reportedly been beaten beyond recognition and her family members were only able to identify her because of the tattoo on her nape.

Faylona is tagged as the latest victim in a series of murders that have involved young women in Zamboanga City.

The Inquirer report noted that prior to Faylona, there were five other young women who suffered the same fate.

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In November 2015, 16-year-old high school student Mary Jane Herrera failed to return home. Her body was found a month later.

In October 2016, 33-year-old Maricel Macrohon was found dead in Townville Subdivision.

The report noted: "Two women, still unidentified and estimated to be 20 to 30 years old, were found dead six months ago in the village of Limpapa. No one came forward to identify them until they were buried in a grave site for unclaimed bodies."

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In January this year, 20-year-old Erica Jean Rosal went missing. Two days later, she was found dead. Her face had also been beaten beyond recognition.

The police have said, though, that "the cases are unrelated" because they didn't see any "common link." They pointed out that the only thing the cases have in common is that they're all unsolved.

Although a suspect was arrested for Rosal's murder, there aren't any reports to know if the man was proven innocent.

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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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