Body of Maid Found in Suspected Rape-Murder

The body of a maid was found near the house she worked at in Pursat province on Saturday in a suspected case of gang rape and murder, according to the district police chief.

The body of Phon Sophy, 34, was discovered by a villager on Satur- day morning in an area of wood- land 200 meters from her employers’ residence in Phnom Kravanh district’s Samraong commune af- ter going missing Friday night,   said commune chief Nhem My.

“She was lying on the ground when the villager found her, and the victim’s body was beaten on the neck and arms,” said Mr. My, who added he suspects there was more than one attacker.

Four men, including one of the victim’s employers, Bun Sam Ath, 52, were questioned at the district police station after Phon Sophy’s body was discovered, but all were released and are not suspects in the case, according to district police chief Vong Savet.

“Police allowed them back because they were not involved in the murder,” he said.

Mr. Sam Ath had reportedly begun searching for Phon Sophy on Friday night after she failed to return to the family home where she had been working for two months.

“Authorities suspect that Ms. Sophy was raped and killed but police are still investigating the case,” he said.

Phon Sophy, who had three children and was divorced, was originally from Banteay Meanchey province but had moved to Pursat to work. Her family transported her body home for a funeral Sunday.

Mr. Savet said no suspects have been identified thus far but investigations in the case continue.

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