Police in Mondulkiri province have vowed to arrest the person responsible for the killing of an 11-year-old boy in Koh Nhek district.
The body of the victim, which showed multiple signs of trauma, was found in a rice field on the outskirts of Sre Huy village on Sunday at about 6pm.
Colonel Khlouk Sothea, chief of the district police, identified the victim as Chel Lean, a primary school student from Sre Huy village.
Col Sothea said the victim disappeared from his home at about 7am on Sunday. The victim’s parents attempted to search for their son, but could not find him.
He added that the victim’s body was found by villagers in a rice field outside of the village.
“According to an investigation, the suspect killed the victim by hacking him to death with a machete. The victim’s face, head and chest showed trauma – and we believe that the hacking is the cause of death,” Col Sothea said. “After killing him, the suspect moved the victim’s body and abandoned it in the field before fleeing.”
He noted that police are working hard to identify a suspect.
Lieutenant Chhun Komol, a police officer in the commune, said yesterday that police suspect the murder might be connected to the victim’s father who was accused by villagers of being a sorcerer.