Experts to Study Remains of Canadian Journalist

Forensic experts hired by the Canadian Embassy in Thailand will arrive in Siem Reap on Saturday to examine bodily remains believed to be those of a missing Canadian journalist, officials said Friday.

Chao Mao Vireak, Siem Reap provincial immigration chief, said that a representative of the Canadian Embassy in Thailand had arrived in Siem Reap on Friday and that an examination of the remains would begin Saturday morning.

“The Canadian Embassy hired Thai examination experts, four doctors, two autopsy experts, a cameraman and an assistant to arrive in Siem Reap on Saturday,” Mr. Mao Vireak said.

The remains were found inside the Angkor Thom temple complex by two teenage boys on Thursday morning.

A friend preliminarily identified the remains as those of Dave Walker, a Canadian journalist and filmmaker who disappeared in the province more than two months ago.

Pheng Pech, deputy chief of the Siem Reap technical and scientific police, said that Dave Walker’s death was not being treated as a murder case.

“According to a doctor of the Siem Reap Provincial Court, the man died of heart failure,” Mr. Pech said.

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