Police have identified a man whose body was found on Saturday bundled into a plastic sack and dumped among rubbish in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district. They suspect robbery to have been the motive for his klling.
Authorities said yesterday the body of Srun Sopheak, 35, which was discovered early on Saturday in Teuk Thla commune’s O’Bek Kaorm village, showed signs of strangulation and possible torture.
According to family members, valuable personal items and his car are missing, while an ink stain on his right thumb suggests the man, who was also known as “Leang”, could have been forced to sign a contract prior to his death.
Initial reports about the man’s death stated he was a foreigner, with police suspecting he was Chinese based on his physical characteristics. However, Prak Vanna, director of the Phnom Penh Municipal Immigration Office, yesterday confirmed he was Cambodian.
Authorities said the man had attended a wedding on Koh Pich prior to his death but never returned. Police are investigating the possibility that he was forced to sign a document, which would suggest premeditation.