Missing Canadian journalist, filmmaker found dead in Cambodia
Trevor Robb, QMI Agency
First posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 07:58 AM EDT | Updated: Thursday, May 01, 2014 12:40 PM EDT
EDMONTON The body of an Edmonton man who went missing in Cambodia 10 weeks ago was discovered Thursday near the 'Gate of Death' at the country's ancient Angkor Wat temple.
David Walker, 57, was a former journalist, filmmaker and former member of a British Army antiterrorist squad. He had been missing since Feb. 14, and was last seen leaving the Green Village Angkor Guest House in Siem Reap.
Walker's body was reportedly found three kilometres away from his hotel outside the east gate, also known as 'Victory Gate' in the city of Siem Reap by a child who alerted police.
While the cause of death has yet to be determined, Walker's family members suspect foul play and are calling on the Canadian government to launch an investigation.
"Dave Walker's family asks that the Cambodian authorities continue their efforts to determine the cause of Dave's disappearance and death and Dave's family and loved ones request that the Canadian government begin now to formally investigate, in order to move forward and bring those who were responsible for Dave's senseless death to justice," Walker's cousin Tammy Wallbridge-Madden, said in a written statement.
Cambodian law enforcement officials from the Siem Reap provincial immigration police believe Walker died several weeks ago.
An autopsy will be arranged to confirm the cause and time of Walker's death.
After leaving the army, Walker became a screenwriter and worked on a BBC documentary. Together with a Cambodian colleague, he ran a film company out of Cambodia called Animist Farm Films. The company was making a film about a former Khmer Rouge soldier.
The Khmer Rogue, under the leadership of communist revolutionary Pol Pot, was responsible for Cambodia's 'Killing Fields,' where more than 20,000 mass graves unearthed over 1.3 million executed Cambodians.
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Dave Walker, a Canadian filmmaker and former journalist, disappeared on Valentine's Day while in Cambodia working on a new movie. His body was found on Thursday. (Facebook Photo)

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