Kampong Cham provincial police are searching for two
convicts who escaped from a hospital last week and are suspected of killing a
five-year-old girl in a botched ransom scheme on Sunday.
Vaing Binh, 31, who was imprisoned for attempted murder in
2006, and Yin Noeurn, 21, who was serving a 10-sentence for robbery and murder,
both fled a Kampong Cham hospital together on Sept. 1.
Both men are from Punhea Krek district, police said, and
police suspect they fled to the home village
of Yin Noeurn, Trapaing
There, they are suspected of abducting a five-year-old girl
and attempting to extort $20,000 from the family to fund their continued
escape, police said. When the family was not able to pay, the two men allegedly
killed the girl, Hoeurn Chivmeng.
Police have been looking for the men since the killing,
after the parents of the victim complained, Keo Daraphy, deputy police chief of
Punhea Krek, said Wednesday.
However, search efforts have been hampered by the thick
jungle and numerous canals of the area, he said.
Seng Sokim, deputy chief of Kampong Cham provincial police,
said the family of the victims recognized the men, and their descriptions
matched those of the escapees.