Slain Student’s Motorbike Recovered by Kandal Police

Police have recovered a stolen motorbike belonging to one of two slain Phnom Penh students and hope it will lead to an arrest.

Police discovered the silver Cub Press motorbike in the possession of a Kandal province man, Kandal Judicial Police Deputy Chief Tom Vai said. The man claimed that another man from his village had sold him the motorbike for $450. The villager he identified claimed that an un­identified man had sold him the bike for $250.

The motorbike is currently in po­lice custody. When the correct ap­plication forms are filled out, they will give the bike to the fa­ther of the victim.

The motorbike belonged to Yin Va­tamak, 20, one of two Phnom Penh university students who disappeared on March 12. The bodies of the two students were discovered burning in Bak Kheng commune, Muk Kampul district, Kan­dal province, after having been missing for 12 days, police said on Saturday.

Tom Vai said that Yin Va­ta­mak’s body was found Monday morning by his relatives and villagers in Bak Kheng commune.

Yin Vatamak, a third-year student at Royal University of Phnom Penh, and his friend Pin Sokthyda, a first-year student at the Institute of Management, both disappeared the same day, Tom Vai said. “Pin Sokthyda was found last Saturday after villagers smelled something bad in a bush area at Bak Kheng commune in Mok Kam­poul district,” Tom Vai said.

The students were slain on the same day and buried in bushes near a rice field. Their bodies were found near National Route 6, about 100 meters inside Bak Kheng com­mune. They were bur­ied about 100 meters from one ano­ther. Police could not determine how they were killed be­cause the bodies were decomposed, but there was blood near the Yoin Va­nak cave, Tom Vai said.

Both Yin Vatamak and Pin Sok­thy­da came from Svay Rieng pro­vince, police said. They are still searching for the motive for the slayings.

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