posted on May, 31 2010 @ 12:43 PM
A woman discovered living wild in the jungles of Cambodia three years ago has apparently returned to the forest.
According to police the woman, known as Rochom P'ngieng, went missing on Tuesday while bathing near her home in a village nearly 960 miles (600km)
north-east of Phnom Penh.
Known in Cambodia as the "jungle woman", she was found living wild in 2007 after trying to steal a villager's food. She was wearing and no clothes
and was said to have been hunched over like a monkey. At the time of her discovery, she was reportedly unable to speak, communicating in grunts and
It was concluded she had been living wild for most of her life, and she is believed to now be 29 years old.
Sal Lou, who claims to be the woman's father, said: "There is no sign indicating that her disappearance could be foul play.
"I am sure she went back to the forest."
Mr Lou's family claim Miss P'ngieng was their long-lost daughter, who disappeared while herding buffalo in 1988 aged eight years old. "She tried
several times before to leave home and live back in the forest but she could not," he said.
"This time her wish came true."
Police investigating the disappearance do not believe Miss P'ngieng has been kidnapped or killed. She was admitted to Rattanakiri provincial hospital
last year for four days, apparently suffering from mental illness.
I think fair play to her, if she can get away with living in the jungle and is happy there then who are we to force her back into modern society.
[edit on 12-7-2010 by asala]