Police, French Officials to Meet Over Vallier Case

French investigators probing the 2012 murder of French expatriate Laurent Vallier and his four children in Kompong Speu province will meet with Interior Ministry police on June 16, officials said Monday.

“They will come to Cambodia to meet with the Interior Ministry’s penal police department to get an update on the investigation into Laurent Vallier,” said Chhim Ritthy, the investigating judge handling the case.

“The case is still a mystery because we have not found new evidence.”

Three months after they disappeared, the bodies of Laurent Vallier, 42, and his children, aged 2 to 9, were found inside a Toyota Land Cruiser at the bottom of a pond near their home in Chbar Mon district.

Cambodian police immediately painted Laurent Vallier as a desperate man who had murdered his children and killed himself—despite the fact that his decapitated head was retrieved from a suitcase inside the car.

The case file was reopened in March 2013, when French investigators conducted a forensics examination and ruled out suicide.

Sok Khemarin, chief of the Interior Ministry’s penal police, confirmed that a meeting with the French delegation was set for June 16.

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