STA. ROSA, Nueva Ecija – Using the Global Positioning System (GPS), authorities were able to track down and recover a missing white Toyota Hi-Ace van at an irrigation road in this town on Monday night.
Town police head Lt. Col. Fortune Dianne Bernardo said the recovered vehicle was owned by Israel Gonzales, 48, businessman, of 1205 Sun Trust Capitol Plaza, Matalino St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City.
Gonzales told police that the vehicle was not returned to him on January 30, or three days after it was rented by Marife Suarez, of 126 Katuparan St., Bgy. Commonwealth, Quezon City on January 27, prompting him to report the incident to the authorities.
Bernardo said members of Task Force Limbas of the Highway Patrol Team in Camp Crame, Quezon City, and the Nueva Ecija provincial highway patrol team immediately coordinated with her office after it was traced through GPS that the Toyota Hi-Ace van with plate number AAY-3919 was located in this town.
She said the operating team conducted search operations in Bgy. Soledad which resulted in the recovery of the missing van along an irrigation canal in Bgy. Soledad here at 10:29 p.m.
Bernardo said the recovered vehicle was brought to the NE-HPT in Cabanatuan City and subsequently turned over to the TFL-HPT in Camp Crame, Quezon City for proper disposition.