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Missing Italian Tourist Found Dead in Cambodia; Suicide Suspected

A 32-year-old Italian man missing for nearly a month was found dead on Friday in the jungle interior of Koh Rong island off the coast of Sihanoukville, where he was last known to have stayed, The Cambodia Daily reported.

Kol Phally, provincial deputy police chief, said that the badly decomposed body of Natan Carnevali was found by a group of people who stumbled upon his remains inside a hammock covered with tarpaulin when they went walking into the woods on Friday.

“The body of the victim was found about four kilometers away from the road in the forest inside a hammock after he went missing,” Mr. Phally said. “He is known to have visited Koh Rong island on April 21 and subsequently went missing under mysterious circumstances.”

He added that police did not discover any evidence indicating the Italian was murdered, but found pharmaceutical tablets at the scene that led them to conclude he had committed suicide.

This is not the first time that a foreigner has gone missing and subsequently has been found dead in the dense jungle on the popular tourist island.

In early October, 55-year-old U.S. national Katherine Ann Grgich was found dead after going missing in September, also several kilometers inland. Police concluded that she had been murdered, though no culprit has ever been found.

And in April last year, the doctor for a French reality TV show —blamed for one of the contestants’ deaths while shooting the show off Cambodia’s coast—was found dead in an apparent suicide on the island.

“Since the end of 2013 until now, there have been three cases of missing foreigners on the islands of Sihanoukville, two cases in Koh Rong island, and another case in Ta Kiev island,” Mr. Phally said, explaining that the size of Koh Rong and its large, dense jungle made it easy to get lost.

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