Investigation Opened After Body Stuffed Into Bag Found in Trash

Police said they have opened a murder investigation after residents of Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district discovered a man’s body stuffed into a bag and discarded in a trash pile along street 371 on Saturday.

Sok Sophal, chief of police in Toek Thla commune, where the body was found, identified the victim as Srun Sopheak, 35, who was living with his aunt in neighboring Meanchey district and was employed as an office worker at a garment factory in the city.

“We found the body of the victim packed in a green bag from his neck down,” said Mr. Sophal, adding that Srun Sopheak’s body was discovered at about 6 a.m. wearing only a pair of black shorts.

“So far, we have not found any suspects and we are investigating to arrest the perpetrators to stand trial,” he said.

Mr. Sophal said Srun Sopheak was in charge of handling paperwork and delivering documents to relevant offices and government ministries for the factory, which he declined to identify.

Norng Sovann Roath, the doctor who examined Srun Sopheak’s body for police, said the cause of death was strangulation.

“After doing an examination, we found that the victim died because of being strangled,” he said, noting he found a four-cm wide bruise around the victim’s neck.

“The victim could have died 12 hours before he was found,” he added.

Dr. Sovann Roath said ink was found on Srun Sopheak’s right thumb, referring further questions to police.

Hut Vanna, police chief in Chak Angre Loeu commune, where Srun Sopheak lived, said the victim was not only working for one garment factory, but for many.

“The man was working for a company processing documents for factories for exports,” he said, adding that he did not know the name of the company.

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