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Pregnant murder victim’s body found discarded and burned

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Police inspect the crime scene. CEN

Military police are currently looking for a suspect who could be responsible for the murder of an unidentified pregnant woman, whose body was found completely burned in Chroy Changva district in Phnom Penh on Saturday.

Captain Kong Rithy, a district military police officer, said the victim’s body was found by police at about 9.30pm on Saturday while military police forces were patrolling the area.

Cap Rithy noted the victim was pregnant and that her body had been burned, adding that police suspect she was killed by her boyfriend or husband.

Cap Rithy said CCTV footage captured a white Lexus 330 driving to the scene of the crime around 9pm. After parking the SUV, an unidentified man opened the car door and dropped a sack containing the victim’s body on the street.

Cap Rithy said that after moving the body to the side of the street, the man poured gasoline on it and set it on fire. He added that after burning the body, the man fled and drove his car toward National Road 6.

“Inspection of the victim’s body shows that she was a pregnant woman,” Cap Rithy said. “She was strangled to death by an unidentified man. After killing her, the man put her inside a sack and drove her body to throw away in the outskirts of the city at night, burning it to destroy any evidence.”

He noted that military police have not yet identified the victim.

Colonel Chheang Rath, commander of Chroy Changva district military police, said police are treating the incident as a murder.

“We have not yet identified the victim or the suspect,” he said. “Our military police officers are currently working on the case.”

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