Forest woman in Cambodia disappears, family claims

16:30, May 28, 2010      

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The family of the claimed " forest woman" said Friday she has disappeared from home and believed she had returned to the forest.

Rochom Kamphy, 28, a younger brother, said through the telephone that his sister has disappeared from home since May 25 in the afternoon.

He said his father had asked a fortune teller, who is an ethnic Vietnamese, and he was told to offer one pig, one goat and white wine to mountainous spirit to help making her return home.

However, he said, his family has yet made it because of lack of money.

Rochom P'ngieng, 30, was discovered in 2007 after the family claimed she had disappeared since 1989 while she was herding buffaloes behind her house.

Rochom Kamphy said, last year, his sister disappeared for nine days, but she finally returned home and this time he said he was not sure whether she will return.

Kamphy said his sister still could not speak, except a few words, but she could listen and understand what his family members were talking to her.

The family of the lost woman or "forest woman" is living in O' yadao district in Ratanakiri Province, located about 600 kilometers northeast of Phnom Penh.

No government officials have confirmed she was surely lost in the jungle and neither medical staff confirmed her mental status.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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