Body of missing Canadian journalist believed found

May 02, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

PHNOM PENH:   Cambodian police discovered a body yesterday thought to be that of missing Canadian journalist and author Dave Walker, police said.

Veteran journalist Dave Walker, 58, disappeared on February 14 after leaving a guesthouse in Cambodia’s tourist town of Siem Reap. “We suspect that the body is of the missing Canadian journalist,” Kirth Chantharith, a police spokesman, said.

Walker was in Cambodia to work on a film and had been investigating remnants of the Khmer Rouge. While Cambodian journalists have at times been attacked and killed, foreign journalists have in recent years rarely been harmed or harassed.

Police said the body was discovered in jungle, 300 metres  from the Angkor Thom temple.

Walker’s colleague, Sonny Chhoun, who was working with him on a documentary about the Khmer Rouge, said that he had been asked by police to identify the body. “Looking at shoes and jeans, those are Dave’s ... I am so sorry, he was a lovely person,” Sonny Chhoun said.