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Mondulkiri police search for relatives of dead woman, murder ‘unlikely’

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Experts assumed the woman could have died a month before she was found. Police

Mondulkiri police search for relatives of dead woman, murder ‘unlikely’

Mondulkiri provincial police are attempting to identify a woman found dead in Pech Chreada district’s Pou Chrei commune on Saturday.

Provincial deputy police chief So Sovann told The Post on Sunday that the woman appeared to be about 30 years old. It is not yet known how she died.

The provincial police office alerted the Phnom Penh municipal police and other provincial police offices around the country in an attempt to identify the woman and locate her relatives, but none have come forward.

Experts inspected the body but could not determine with certainty if she was murdered.

A citizen found the body in Chang Phang village while on his way to harvest fruits. He immediately reported the matter to commune police, who moved the body to a pagoda in the village.

Sovann said: “The body was kept at a pagoda in the village. It’s convenient for checking the body and for relatives.”

He said the woman had been dead for some time because only skeleton and skin remained.

The woman wore a vest and black shorts. Flesh from her right leg was found about 1m from her body. There were no other abnormalities detected. She had long hair and wore three silver bracelets on her left hand, he said.

There have been no reports of missing people in the province and if no relative comes forward, Sovann said police will discuss cremating or burying her body.

Experts assumed the woman could have died one month before she was found. The skeleton was intact and in normal condition, leading police to assume the woman was not murdered.

Sovann said if a murder had occurred, there would likely be damage to the skeleton.

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