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Man strangled and dumped in Mekong

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Police are looking for the suspects who strangled an as yet unidentified man and dumped his body into the Mekong River over the weekend.

The body was found by fishermen floating next to the bank of the Mekong River behind the Himawari Hotel in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Saturday at about 7am, said district penal police officer Veng Sothy.

He added that the deceased man, believed to be in his mid-20s, was found wearing only underwear and a black T-shirt.

“According to an examination of the body, the victim was probably murdered at least two days ago. We think the perpetrator threw the body into the Mekong River to destroy the evidence,” he said.

“The victim had his throat squeezed by cables until he died. The suspects then brought his body to throw into the river in Phnom Penh.”

The body of the victim has been sent to the Chbar Ampov pagoda in Meanchey district where it awaits collection by family or relatives for funeral services.

Deputy district police chief Major Bun Sareth said the victim’s identity was unknown as nobody had come to confirm with police about a missing relative.

“Police have not identified the suspects or arrested them yet. We are still working hard on this case in order to bring the suspects to justice,” he said.

He called on those who have recently lost a male relative aged in their 20s to contact the police.

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