A team of Interior Ministry officials traveled to Koh Kong province on Thursday to help local authorities investigate the death of a border police official who investigators suspect may have been murdered, according to officials.
Hin Kimhong, deputy chief of the Cham Yeam International Checkpoint on the Thai border, was found dead at his rented home in Mondol Seima district’s Bak Khlang commune on Tuesday with a K-54 pistol on his chest and a bullet through his temple.
Kao Sarana, chief of the border crossing, said Mr. Kimhong had gone home for lunch on Tuesday and did not return to work in the afternoon.
“We suspect he may have died on Tuesday evening because on the morning of April 27, we found out that he had died,” Mr. Sarana said on Thursday.
“We do not know yet whether he committed suicide or was shot dead. Expert police from the Interior Ministry will arrive here this evening, and they will work with provincial police” to investigate the case, he added.
Dom Saran, another deputy chief of the checkpoint, said he did not believe that his colleague, who he said had worked on the border for nearly 20 years, had taken his own life.
“Forensic police concluded that he did not commit suicide,” Mr. Saran said. “If it was suicide, why is the gun on his chest?”
Mr. Saran said he did not know what might have motivated someone to kill Hin Kimhong but noted that the victim was twice divorced and had maintained relationships with “many girls.”
Provincial police have not ruled out suicide.
Sok Nhor, chief of the force’s serious crimes bureau, said that a preliminary investigation had led him to believe with “70-percent” certainty that Hin Kimhong took his own life.
“We do not know the real reason [for the suicide], but he suffered depression throughout his life,” he said, adding that further investigation was still needed.