The United States Embassy in Manila on Thursday confirmed that the body discovered in Batad village in Banaue, Ifugao was that of 40-year-old US Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell.
Embassy officials kept quiet about to the possible cause of Cambell’s death, saying that “Philippine authorities will make the final pronouncement” on the matter.
Paul Jones, US Embassy ChargÃ© dâ€™Affaires, said in the statement that, “Thank you to the PNP, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the local and provincial governments in the Banaue area, and the many local guides and volunteers who spent countless hours searching for Julia in difficult terrain.”
Ms. Campbellâ€™s family also issued a statement thanking the Filipino people for their assistance. The statement can be read at: http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.media.press.view&news_id=1201
Today, we learned the news that our Julia was found. We are so very grateful to the workers and searchers who worked diligently to look for and find our daughter, sister and friend. In addition to the Peace Corps, we would like to thank the Philippine National Police, the Philippine government and the people of the Philippines, especially those in Baranguay Batad, Banaue for the outpouring of support and assistance in the search.
The U.S. Peace Corps and our U.S. Embassy leadership, personnel and especially the Peace Corps volunteers in the Philippines have been of great comfort to our family during this difficult time. Director Ron Tschetter and his team exemplify the sense of community Julia loved about the Peace Corps; they have and continue to show great concern for Julia and our family.
During the past two years Julia has been on assignment in the Philippines, she served in various roles in the village of Donsol (province of Sorsogon) where she worked with the local school there to rebuild and stock the school library. Since childhood, Julia was an avid reader who enjoyed great literary works; â€œSophieâ€™s Choiceâ€ was one of her favorites. Many of her friends and family helped her in a campaign she created to provide age-appropriate reading materials to the library in a project she called “A Book and A Buck”. Through her efforts, she collected more than 500 titles. Julia, a passionate yoga instructor and vegetarian, also worked with the local community to launch an ecology awareness campaign and instrumental in building an Eco Center in Donsol. Most recently, she served as a teacher at the Divine Word College in Legaspi city, where she taught English.
In her forty years, Julia lived a very full life. She loved her family and friends and is much loved. She was passionate in her journalism reporting especially the stories involving people who were able to stand and address adversity or adverse situations.
We have every confidence that the U.S. and Philippine authorities are conducting a thorough investigation into Juliaâ€™s untimely death.
Plans are still in development for a memorial service in Fairfax County, Virginia where our family lives.