Preah Sihanouk provincial police and NGO Child Protection Unit (CPU) are probing the death of an 11-year-old girl who was found dead in Prey Nop district’s Prey Nop commune on Thursday.
Kol Phaly, the deputy provincial police chief in charge of serious crime, told The Post on Sunday that police were conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
However, Phaly declined to provide further details, citing ongoing investigation. “Police are working on it with technical expertise. I cannot tell you more,” he said.
But according to the CPU’s Facebook page on Saturday, a joint task force named “Lima19” was being established to investigate the girl’s death.
“CPU and forensic teams visited the crime scene again yesterday,” CPU’s director of operations James McCabe told The Post on Sunday.
The Facebook post said that on August 17, Oeun Sreynoch was seen at a local water park with her friends. She never returned home, prompting her mother to search for her before reporting her missing the next day.
On August 22, the Facebook post said, a villager spotted a body lying face down in a shallow canal and reported to police, who came to inspect the scene in collaboration with CPU’s forensic experts to determine the body’s identity.
“Our examination result showed the body was confirmed to be that of missing Oeun Sreynoch, and her death was ruled as a homicide,” the Facebook post said.
“Be assured no stone will be left unturned until we have found you justice,” the CPU said, referring to the girl.