Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Remains not Flynn’s: JPAC

Remains not Flynn’s: JPAC

Remains not Flynn’s: JPAC

HUMAN remains discovered in Kampong Cham province last month that some said could be those of missing war photographer Sean Flynn do not appear to be those of a Caucasian, according to preliminary test results, US embassy spokesman John Johnson said Sunday.

Flynn, son of the Australian-American Hollywood actor Errol Flynn, went missing in Cambodia in 1970 along with his friend and fellow photographer Dana Stone.

Last month, two men – 29-year-old Australian Dave MacMillan and 60-year-old Briton Keith Rotheram – made international headlines when they announced that they had found bones in Kampong Cham’s Phka Dong village that they said could be Flynn’s.

After discovering the remains, MacMillan and Rotheram turned them over to the US embassy for processing by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), a US military institution in Hawaii that forensically analyses evidence that may lead to the repatriation of Americans killed in overseas conflicts.

“Preliminary tests make it seem like the remains do not belong to a Caucasian,” Johnson said, adding that JPAC officials had been hindered in their work by the unscientific manner in which the bones were exhumed.

“The remains themselves were damaged by the method of their extraction,” Johnson said.

MacMillan and Rotheram could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

Tim Page, a photographer and friend of Flynn’s from their time in Southeast Asia, on Sunday criticised what he said was a haphazard approach to the dig by MacMillan and Rotheram. The JPAC results, he added, brought a bit of relief to him and other friends who have been searching for Flynn and Stone.

“At least it’s been resolved, and that means we can keep on with the search,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh