Journalist’s Body Sent to Bangkok for 2nd Autopsy

The body of Canadian journalist Dave Walker, which was found in Siem Reap province earlier this month after he went missing in February, has been sent to Thailand for an autopsy, police said Tuesday.

A team of Canadian and Thai experts already carried out an autopsy on the body, but it was transported to Bangkok on Friday at the request of the Canadian Embassy there, said Touch Malai, deputy chief of the provincial technical and scientific police bureau.

“The experts did not release the results to the press and a further autopsy will now be carried out,” he said.

Two boys stumbled upon the 58-year-old’s badly decomposed body in a forest inside Angkor Archaeological Park on May 1 after he had disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Since then, family and friends have criticized Cambodian authorities for insisting Dave Walker died of a heart attack and for failing to properly investigate his death.

However, the victim’s Cambodian business partner, Sonny Choeun, said that Interior Ministry officials had questioned him for two hours on Sunday.

“I still don’t think the police have much to go on, but they questioned me on issues of money and property so I knew where they were leading, but I answered everything fully and frankly,” Mr. Choeun said.

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