A year after three prominent Hong Kong residents and a Filipino maid were hacked to death in Boracay, their assailants remain at large. Swiss-born gallery owner Manfred Schoeni, 58, German property developer Anton Forstenhausler, 69, and architect John Cowperthwaite were found dead on May 2 last year in separate rooms at the luxurious La Dolce Vita villa on the resort island in the Philippines. The fourth victim was Irma Sarmiento, a maid Forstenhausler employed at the villa. A German national, Uwe Friesl, 38, remains at large despite a nationwide police hunt for the murder suspect. Ricardo Diaz, chief of the international police division of the National Bureau of Investigation said yesterday that he had no new developments to report in the case. Forstenhausler's neighbour, Pat Varga, said yesterday: 'Our life is back to normal. I'm no longer afraid.' Ms Varga spent sleepless nights for weeks after the murders, especially after 11 suspects, all construction workers, were released from custody. She said no one now lived in La Dolce Vita except for a caretaker couple and their son. The owners had also built a bamboo gate to keep out tourists. Anyone approaching Boracay by sea can easily spot the gleaming, red-tiled, three-storey villa sitting on the island's highest promontory. Two months ago, Friesl's indictment on four counts of murder was upheld by Aklan provincial prosecutor Lourdes Quimpo-Mayor. She ruled out robbery as the motive but did not suggest another. Friesl was employed as Forstenhausler's mechanic and maintenance man. The prosecutor insisted that a bloody footprint tagged Friesl as one of the killers, despite his claim that he had accidentally made it while helping the police identify the bodies. The prosecution has not revealed names of the other people who have been accused in the case. Friesl has refused to give himself up and is believed to be hiding somewhere in Manila. The police said they were co-ordinating with the German embassy in Manila to secure his surrender. From London, Forstenhausler's only child, Marjam Forstenhausler-Sheldon, 43, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper she was appalled by the police's inaction.