Robbery was the apparent motive in the killing of a man whose bloated, decomposing corpse was found in a Kompong Cham province mountain resort, police said Sunday.
A 17-year-old girl was gathering firewood Saturday at the Thom mountain resort in Batheay district when she discovered the dead man, said Seng Sokim, Kompong Cham province judicial police deputy chief.
The dead man, who is believed to be in his mid-20s, was wearing a long sleeve denim shirt and blue jeans, Seng Sokim said. He had a calculator in his shirt pocket, but no items of identification were found, Seng Sokim said.
Since the body showed no signs of violence, police believe his killers smothered the man, possibly with a plastic bag or other suffocating device, Seng Sokim said.
Since no one could identify the dead man, authorities have concluded the man died somewhere else, and his killers dumped his body on the mountain top.
“There were no marks on the body, he didn’t have any scratches or cuts, and there wasn’t any poison involved,” the Seng Sokim said.
The dead man had a fair complexion and straight black hair. Although badly decayed, police believe the man to be a Cambodian national, Seng Sokim said.
Authorities believe the dead man was wealthy and his killers were after his money, Seng Sokim said.
Authorities recovered several bottles of drinking water near the corpse.
They have concluded that more than one person was involved in the slaying and moving the body, Seng Sokim said.
Based on its decomposition, police believe that the body had lain undiscovered in the remote mountain woods for at least three days, Seng Sokim said.
Police had made no arrests in the case as of Sunday afternoon, Seng Sokim said. Police buried the body at Thom mountain, he said.