Capital’s Police Mystified by Tonle Sap Corpse

A day after the body of an unidentified man washed up on a busy section of Phnom Penh’s waterfront, police said Tuesday they were no closer to identifying the individual, the cause of death or what they will do with the corpse.

Daun Penh district police chief Phan Pheng said police have not located the point at which the body entered the Tonle Sap and that the badly decomposed body has been transferred to municipal police headquarters for examination.

“No identity document was found with the body and there was no mark of crime,” he said, but added that he was puzzled by the prevailing theory that the man had drowned.

On Monday afternoon, laborers hired by police fished the corpse from the river and briefly deposited it on busy Sisowath Quay before carrying it to Wat Ounalom.

Hy Pru, deputy municipal police chief in charge of security, said Tues­day that the body had decomposed to the point that some signs of trauma would no longer be visible.

“We don’t know if the man was European or Asian or his nationality and no embassy is claiming the body,” he said.



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