Coachella Valley woman found dead in Cambodia

Cambodian police investigating Palm Springs woman's death

KOH RONG, Cambodia - The body of a missing Palm Springs woman was found at a popular tourist destination in Cambodia Monday.

Katherine Ann Grgich, 55, disappeared from her hotel in Koh Rong on September 28.

A receptionist at Salon 119 and Day Spa in Palm Springs confirmed Grgich worked as a part-time massage therapist over the last few months. 

According to the Phnom Penh Post, Grgich disappeared on September 28, after checking into Island Palace Bungalow Resort for a five-day stay.

Oum Sam Ol, provincial deputy police chief, told the Post that following the discovery of Grgich's body, local authorities, alongside US Embassy officials and a local medical team examined the body and found no signs indicating murder or rape.

"The body was decomposing and cremated on Tuesday with the U.S. Embassy's agreement. The remains will be given to the embassy on Thursday. The police have not come to any conclusion yet [on the cause of death]," he said, adding that a team of representatives from the provincial crime department, central justice police and local police would continue investigating.

Sean McIntosh, U.S. Embassy spokesman, offered few details on the case but confirmed the embassy was in the loop.

"The U.S. Embassy confirms that the body of an American was found on Koh Rong and we have requested the relevant authorities to conduct a thorough investigation," McIntosh said.

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