American Bitcoin Trader Arrested for Killing Girlfriend in the Philippines
A well-known cryptocurrency trader was arrested, along with his business partner, for allegedly killing his girlfriend while on an extended vacation in the Philippines.
Philippine authorities arrested a known Bitcoin trader for the gruesome murder of his girlfriend before dumping her naked body in a murky river in Manila, the Philippines announced on December 23.
The police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Troy Woody Jr. He is accused of killing his girlfriend Tomi Michelle Masters, 23, with their mutual friend, Mir Islam, 22. Woody and Islam were accused of suffocating Indiana native Masters with a plastic bag then stuffing her body in a brown bag and loading it onto a Grab taxi before dumping it in Pasig River.
Mandaluyong City Police Custodial Facility head, Superintendent Igmedio Bernaldez told the Daily Mail:
“We have yet to establish the motive. The three were here on vacation. If you ask the boyfriend, he will point to his friend as the killer. But if you ask the other suspect, he will say it was his friend who killed her. They are being questioned, and the home they were staying at is being searched for evidence.”
Initial reports indicated Woody, Islam, and Masters were on an extended vacation in the Philippines. However, Woody and Masters had a falling out, with the woman insisting on returning to Indiana. The couple's friends said Masters deleted all pictures of her and Woody from social media as she grew tired of the "scene."
Investigators said the two men, who were believed to be business partners and boast of spending large sums of money on luxury goods and cocaine, booked a Grab taxi on a phone app at around 2:40 am on December 23 where they hurled the box containing Masters body into the Pasig River in Manila, before telling the cab driver to take them to Robinson’s Place, a large shopping mall in the capital.
The two were also caught on a CCTV camera throwing a bag onto the river.
However, the taxi driver identified as John Kenneth Quimba became suspicious of his passengers and reported the incident to the police who later searched the river and found the body of Masters covered inside a garbage bag and covered in scratches.
A follow-up operation led to the arrest of Woody and Islam later that afternoon in a condominium in Manila. But the police believed Masters was killed inside the condominium she was sharing with Woody in Mandaluyong City.
The two men told the police they were chief executive officers of Luxr LLC, a Delaware-registered cryptocurrency trading firm.