Police in Battambang province yesterday retrieved the badly burned body of a man in handcuffs which was dumped along a riverbank in Ratanak Mondul district.
Colonel Sorn Nil, chief of district police, said the body was initially discovered by a villager who was walking along the riverbank under a bridge in Phlov Meas commune’s Phlov Meas village.
Col Nil said the villager informed commune police and word of the discovery was relayed to the chief of Battambang provincial police. An order was then given to district police to inspect the body.
“Our police officers arrived at the scene at about 7am yesterday,” Col Nil said. “We saw the body face down with his hands cuffed behind his torso.”
“The body was burned by gasoline,” he added. “The victim’s head showed many points of trauma.”
Col Nil noted police are treating it as a murder case after the initial investigation revealed that a suspect dumped the body near the bridge, which is located 18 kilometres away from Ratanak Mondul city.
“The victim was killed somewhere else. The suspect brought the body and dumped it along the riverbank,” Col Nil said, adding that a shovel was found near the body.
He said police are now working to identify the victim by asking local companies and factories in the district to help.
“The victim’s name has not yet been identified,” he said. “But, forensic police officers are 90 percent sure the victim was a Chinese national.”
Brigadier General Chet Vanny, deputy chief of provincial police, yesterday said the body was sent to be buried at the Sek Sak pagoda in the district’s Phlov Meas commune and that an investigation is currently ongoing.
“Police officers are working hard to investigate this case,” Brig Gen Vanny said, adding that police are working with Koeu Bunnara, deputy prosecutor of the provincial court.
However, he noted he cannot yet conclude whether the victim was Cambodian or a foreigner.