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article imageCambodia's wild 'Jungle Woman' believed to be back in the wild

By Laura Trowbridge     May 29, 2010 in World
A woman who was living wild in the jungles of Cambodia for most of her life until being discovered three years ago, has disappeared and is believed to have returned to the forest.
Rochom P'ngieng, known as the Cambodian 'Jungle Woman', was caught by a villager in 2007 when she was trying to steal food from him. She was naked, hunched over like a monkey, filthy and wild. She could only speak by grunts and unintelligible words.
Sal Lou claimed to be the woman's father and took her into his home to be cared for. According to Sky News, the family believed P'ngieng was their long-lost daughter, who disappeared when she was eight-years-old while out herding buffalo in 1988.
Rochom P'ngieng went missing this past Tuesday while she was bathing near her home. Her father believes she escaped back into the forest.
He said: "There is no sign indicating that her disappearance could be foul play. I am sure she went back to the forest. She tried several times before to leave home and live back in the forest but she could not. This time her wish came true."
P'ngieng was hospitalized last year for mental illness.
The investigating police do not believe P'ngieng was kidnapped or killed.
According to Wikipedia, there is much controversy surrounding the identity of P'ngieng. There are some who believe she is not the daughter of Sal Lou, but a woman who was held captive by someone and bound by her wrist and ankle.
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