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Kampot : Mystery Tourist Death

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Kampot : Mystery Tourist Death

A French woman in her mid-twenties who was vacationing with two friends at a tranquil riverside resort in Kampot province was found dead yesterday – naked and bludgeoned on the head – local police said.

In Chiva, deputy police commissioner in Kampot, told the Post that the woman’s body was discovered at about noon floating in the Kampong Bay estuary that runs through the town.

She was found some five kilometres from the Les Manguiers resort, which she and her friends had planned on checking out of yesterday following a week’s holiday.

Found without her clothes, the woman had marks on one wrist and had been bludgeoned on the forehead, according to Chiva, who believes she was murdered. Authorities are investigating, but there are no suspects yet.

Rgds. Ian

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1. Re: Kampot : Mystery Tourist Death

Holy hell, that's terrifying! :-o

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2. Re: Kampot : Mystery Tourist Death

That's terrible.

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I'm holidaying in Kampot at the moment, attracted by its reputation as a nice, quiet and safe place to relax. Scary!

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Is there any more info about this tragedy yet? Have they arrested someone?

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UPDATE:

Police in Kampot province trawled the Kampong Bay estuary yesterday in an attempt to find the bicycle of a French tourist found murdered on Sunday in the quiet resort town.

While the search ultimately proved fruitless, officials said they now have a lead in their investigation but refused to elaborate, with Kampot deputy police commissioner In Chiva saying only that authorities had found “some clue of the crime”.

The naked body of Ophélie Begnis, 25, was discovered floating in the estuary, better known as the Kampot river, on Sunday with injuries to her head and arm.

She had travelled to Kampot with two friends, and was last seen bicycling out of the Les Manguiers resort on Saturday afternoon.

An official familiar with the preliminary examination of the body believes Begnis was raped before being murdered, though neither the French Embassy nor the Ministry of Interior, which is leading the investigation, have released results from the post-mortem tests.

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Ian

Thanks for the update. This is indeed a horrible thing to have happened.

Truly sad.

My prayers go out to her family and friends.

Please keep us informed.

Carmen

Edited: 9:56 am, February 15, 2013
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7. Re: Kampot : Mystery Tourist Death

I would think that the local people in Kampot would be absolutely horrified about this, as we all are.

This is a terrible thing to have happened and I hope that the person who committed this ghastly crime is quickly apprehended and brought to justice.

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8. Re: Kampot : Mystery Tourist Death

Any more updates on this news?

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9. Re: Kampot : Mystery Tourist Death

No. It's off the news headlines which is what suits the Cambodian Tourism Agencies.

Much of this sort of stuff is never reported because it is adverse to tourism. The same with bus and tourist van/taxi accidents. All too commonplace to be newsworthy.

Best regards. Ian

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Hopefully there will be some sort of update about this and they catch who did it.