Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Body found floating in Stung Treng river

Body found floating in Stung Treng river

Body found floating in Stung Treng river

An unidentified man whose body was found tied to four large rocks in a river in Phluk commune on Monday may have been murdered, according to Stung Treng provincial police’s preliminary investigation.

Serious crime office chief Duong Sivutha told The Post on Tuesday that while the deceased’s identity had not been determined, the police had decided to bury the recovered remains.

He added that a search attempt for the man’s family members is underway.

“Each of the rocks that were tied to the man’s arms, legs and waist were as big as a thigh of a human,” he said, adding that the lightness of the rocks caused the body to float.

It wasn’t known where the body had floated from, Sivutha added.

He said a post-mortem examination showed a heavy blow to the back of his skull with a rounded object. The body did not show any sign of injury. “The preliminary conclusion is that the man was murdered.”

After the autopsy, Sivutha said provincial court deputy prosecutor Vong Savath had allowed the police to bury the deceased’s remains and undertake a search for the man’s family members.

He added that an inquiry will be carried out to ascertain the cause and the perpetrators behind the murder.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government set to slash holidays

    The private sector has welcomed the government’s move to reduce the number of public holidays in the in the Kingdom – known for having the most public holidays in the world – by seven days. However, the government had just added the “Day of Remembrance” on

  • Kith Theang being held in PJ prison

    Kith Theang, the brother of prominent businessman Kith Meng, was charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court late on Monday and sent to the capital’s Police Judiciare (PJ) prison over the nearly 50kg of drugs found in a February 23 raid by authorities on the Rock

  • Farmers told not to plant next rice crop

    THE Ministry of Environment has told Cambodian rice farmers to refrain from planting crops in the midst of a drought heightened by record temperatures due to this year’s El Nino phenomenon. Temperatures are expected to peak in April and May. “Every year, [farmers usually]

  • Phay Siphan: Preah Sihanouk will become a second Singapore

    Government spokesman Phay Siphan said on Monday that Preah Sihanouk province will become a second Singapore, as authorities were warned that its development, fuelled largely by Chinese investment, was coming at a cost to locals. Siphan was speaking at a press conference after a seminar