Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police launch hunt as burning corpse found

Police launch hunt as burning corpse found

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

Police launch hunt as burning corpse found

A burning corpse was discovered on Saturday night in Bak Kheng commune’s Bak Kheng village in the capital’s Chroy Changvar district, with police launching a search for the perpetrator.

Bak Kheng commune chief Kong Bunly said on Sunday that a group of workers at a sand dredging company saw a fire at around 9pm on Saturday night.

Thinking that someone was burning company property, he said, they went to investigate. The workers said they saw a Lexus RX330 leaving the scene and then discovered the corpse engulfed in flames. They immediately reported the find to their employer and local police, Bunly said.

He said police quickly visited the scene, found the body still on fire and attempted to extinguish the flames.

However, it was burned, “beyond recognition” from the head to the knees, Bunly said. Police were unable to make an identification – or even to ascertain the victim’s gender.

Remnants of a blue towel were found with the remains, he said, and there was some diesel next to the body.

This led police to conclude that the victim had been wrapped in a towel before being doused with diesel and set on fire, Bunly said.

He continued that since the victim had a slender frame and a bra was found at the scene, the evidence suggests that the body was that of a female.

Bak Kheng commune police chief Meas Thorn said on Sunday that the authorities are looking for the victim’s relatives by appealing to locals to alert them if any family member is missing.

However, he said he was not certain whether the victim was male or female.

“The body was almost completely burned, so it is hard for us to make a conclusion, but it is 90 per cent believed that the victim was female because a bra was found at the scene,” Thorn said.

He said police believe that the body was brought from elsewhere to be burned in a quiet location at night.

Chroy Chongvar district police chief Siem Sothavuth said police are still investigating the case and attempting to find the suspect and identify the victim.

“I cannot conclude for certain whether the victim was male or female. Our police are still working on it,” he said.

The remains of the body were sent to Mean Chey district, waiting for relatives to collect it following identification.


  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Thai border crossings eased

    The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders. The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.

  • Gov’t says tourism recovers slightly despite pandemic

    The Ministry of Tourism and the Phnom Penh municipal administration have recognised 33 tourism businesses in the capital which have consistently implemented safety measures for tourists and adhered to the code of conduct issued by the ministry. Recently, the ministry announced that tourism businesses had to

  • Mull ASEAN border opening, PM urges

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that ASEAN launch a scenario for gradually reopening cross-border travel and trade between countries in the region. He said ASEAN has had more success combating Covid-19 compared to other regions. The prime minister’s request was made at the

  • Ministry reports 11 new Covid-19 cases, reiterates vigilance

    Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng has urged people to continue practising virus prevention techniques after 11 people tested positive for Covid-19 within two days after arriving in the Kingdom. Speaking on Sunday, Bun Heng stressed the importance of washing hands, wearing masks or scarves when

  • Koh Rong land ‘belongs to firm’

    Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration spokesperson Kheang Phearum told The Post on Sunday that the 35ha being bulldozed by Royal Group Co Ltd in Koh Rong belongs to it after it was leased to it for 99 years by the government in 2008. Phearum said the land does

  • Nine on Indonesia flight Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed nine more imported cases of Covid-19. The nine ‒ eight Cambodians and one Indonesian, aged 22 to 26 ‒ arrived in Cambodia on Thursday via a direct flight from Indonesia and are receiving treatment at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hostipal in Phnom Penh.

  • Kingdom’s financial sector healthy

    Cambodia's financial sector remains on a sustainable growth path despite the Covid-19 pandemic squeezing crucial industries, National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) governor Chea Chanto said. Tourism, garments and footwear have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 impact, he said, whereas the financial and agriculture sectors

  • Vietnam told to remove border tents

    Kandal provincial governor Kong Sophoan has ordered local authorities to prohibit the construction of buildings in areas bordering Cambodia and to report any irregularities immediately. Recently, Vietnamese officials removed another seven tents from the border area with Cambodia. His remarks were made on Wednesday afternoon