A Chinese couple was found dead inside their restaurant in Veal Rinh commune’s Veal Thom village, Prey Nop district, Preah Sihanouk province on Saturday, said provincial Military Police.
The provincial Military Police research department director Heng Vuthy said on Sunday that the male victim was over 40 years old and his spouse, who was pregnant, was over 30 years old. Police are withholding their names as the investigation is ongoing.
As of Sunday, there have been no suspects named in the case. “This is a crime and our authorities are working on it. I cannot provide any detailed information yet because our experts are still investigating,” Vuthy said.
He said according to people living nearby and the Prey Nop district Military Police, the couple recently opened a restaurant in Veal Thom.
Examinations of the bodies revealed that both the husband and wife were stabbed multiple times in the head and hit with a blunt object which caused bruising.
It was unclear if anything was stolen from the restaurant.
“We don’t know what times the victims died. We suspect they may have been killed during the night, because the shop owner always closed late,” Vuthy said.
He said according to witnesses, the restaurant’s employees lived in the restaurant while the victims lived in a separate house.
The circumstances indicate that the victims were killed in the restaurant before they closed for the night, he said.
A Veal Rinh commune police official told The Post on Sunday that the case falls under the purview of the Military Police.
He said the couple had opened a restaurant about six months ago.
“The woman died in a chair while the husband died in the bathroom. We don’t know if it was a robbery or revenge,” he said.