Police Search for Missing Canadian Journalist

The Siem Reap immigration police are looking for a Canadian journalist who disappeared from his guesthouse a week ago without a trace, police said Thursday.

“We are still investigating, and we haven’t found anything yet,” Chao Mao Vireak, provincial immigration police chief said Thursday.

The journalist, David Walker, who has covered Cambodia for several years, was last seen leaving Green Village Angkor guesthouse at about 2 p.m. last Friday, Mr. Vireak said.

“He has been staying there for more than a year. Why did he leave without his things?” he asked, adding that Mr. Walker had left his mobile phone, passport, computer and other valuable items behind in the room.

Vang So Suosdey, a receptionist at Green Village Angkor, said that Mr. Walker had left his room while it was being cleaned, and did not return for dinner that day. “He always had lunch and dinner at the guesthouse, but on that day, we didn’t see him at the restaurant,” Mr. Suosdey said.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a statement that it was “deeply concerned” about Mr. Walker’s disappearance.

“We call on the Cambodian authorities to leave no stone unturned in their investigation,” said Shawn Crispin, senior Southeast Asia representative for the CPJ.

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