Police in Cambodia were today trying to establish the identity of a white male found jammed into a suitcase which had been dumped into a canal.
The soft-fabric bag had been bound with tape, with only the battered head of the victim protruding from it.
The grey-haired man, who was dressed in shorts and a blue T-shirt, is believed to be a European national who was at least 40 years old.
He died from a severe beating about the head with what police believe was a metal rod or an axe.
Bones in his head and body were broken and his face had extensive scratches and bruising.
The man was found by shrimp fishermen in Kep province after the 'rolling suitcase' washed up onto the side of a canal near a mangrove forest near the Vietnamese border.
The fishermen had the shock of their lives, said police, because at first all they saw was the bag.
Two of them swam to the suitcase and rolled it over – to find the man's head sticking out.
Outlining the man's injuries, local police officer Soum Sophat said he had been struck on the head with a heavy metal object or even an axe.
'The left side of his jaw was broke and his left arm was also wounded, as if he had raised his arm in defence when the perpetrator was hitting him,' Mr Sophat told The Cambodia Daily.
'Our police have concluded that the perpetrator had a premeditated plan to kill the victim for a long time because we examined the body and the victim's ears had plastic plugs in them to stop the fluid flowing out of the ears.'
Another local officer, Mr Sam Oi said: 'The body's legs and arms were bent to put him in the suitcase and then he was thrown into that inlet.'
Police admitted today they were no closer to identifying the body and they had failed to find any indication that the man had been living in the area.