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Kampot tragedy: police offer $1K reward

Kampot tragedy: police offer $1K reward

A month after the grisly murder of a French tourist, Kampot police said yesterday they had neither leads nor suspects and would begin offering the public a reward of $1,000 for any viable tips.

“If anyone offers any news leading to the real identification of the killer, our authorities will offer them $1,000,” said In Chiva, deputy provincial police chief.

On February 10, authorities discovered the body of 25-year-old Ophélie Begnis – last seen the afternoon before – floating in the Kampong Bay estuary and with severe injuries to her head and arms.

Despite what authorities described as a thorough investigation, to date, admitted Chiva, no leads have been found.

“We asked divers to trawl the suspected areas, and we have found a dark dress with a zipper on the back. But we have not concluded that it belonged to her, because they said she wore trousers when she left that night,” he said.

Chiva said that officials from the Ministry of Interior were aiding provincial police and insisted the joint forces were “using all means to track the suspicious targets.”

Late last month, police said they had questioned a handful of suspects, but declined to give further details. No arrests have been made since.

Though the official joint post-mortem from the Ministry of Interior and French Embassy has not yet been released, an official speaking on the condition of anonymity told the Post last month that the preliminary examination suggested Begnis was raped before she was murdered.

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