Philippine military authorities confirmed that they recovered a headless body in Sulu on Wednesday, April 27.
Major Filemon Tan Jr, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command, told reporters that they are still verifying if the body is that of Canadian national John Ridsdel. Officials say they found the body near the site where Ridsdel was believed to be beheaded.
Ridsdel, 68 years old, was among the four hostages taken by the Abu Sayyaf in Samal Island last September 21.
In a video released by the militant group last March, Ridsdel appealed to his family and government to secure his freedom.
He was executed after his family failed to meet the 300-million peso ransom deadline. His decapitated head was found in Jolo town last Monday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the killing of Ridsdel.
"Canada condemns without reservation the brutality of the hostage takers and this unnecessary death," said Trudeau.
He added: "The government of Canada is committed to working with the government of the Philippines and international partners to pursue those responsible for this heinous act and to bring them to justice.”
The Abu Sayyaf group is still holding three other hostages – Canadian Robert Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, and Filipina Marites Flor.