Police hunting beheading suspect

Police in Kampong Cham province’s Prey Chhor district are looking for a suspect behind the gruesome murders of a woman and her six-year-old granddaughter who were beheaded in the district on Tuesday night.

Major Bun Theng, district deputy police chief, yesterday identified the victims as Vong Aun, 56, a farmer, and Kheng Savoeun, who lived in Thmar Poun commune.

He said the murder took place at about 11pm at the victims’ house in Trapaing Boeng village.

Maj Theng said that the victims’ throat had been slashed before they were beheaded and their bodies thrown in a forest about 350 metres from the house, noting that police recovered the bodies at about 12.30pm on Wednesday.

He said that at 9am on Wednesday, Ms Aun’s daughter, who lived with her husband in a different village in the commune, travelled by motorbike to visit her mother and niece at their house.

When she could not find them, she suspected something was amiss and alerted commune police.

Maj Theng said that after receiving the complaint, police went to the victims’ house and searched the nearby forest.

He added that after searching for many hours, police found the headless bodies of the victims.

“We believe that the killer slashed their throats before beheading them,” Maj Theng said. “The killer brought the bodies to the forest and threw away the heads.”

He added that police are still looking for the heads and a suspect.

Colonel Heng Vuthy, provincial General Crimes Department chief, yesterday said police believe that that the killer may be someone who the victims’ knew.

“Until now, we do not have clues as to who the killer may be,” Col Vuthy said. “We are working hard on the case to find the killer.”