Jungle woman found in toilet

AFP, The West Australian June 8, 2010, 9:54 am

A Cambodian woman whose story gripped the nation after she apparently spent 18 years living in the jungle has been found in a dugout toilet 11 days after she disappeared again, her father said today.

Rochom P'ngieng, 29, was reported missing late last month by her family, who at the time said they believed she had fled back into the forest.

She was found in an outdoor toilet about 100 metres from her home after a neighbour heard her crying, Sal Lou, the man who says he is her father, told AFP by telephone.

"She was discovered in a 10-metre deep toilet. It's an unbelievable story. She spent 11 days there," he said, adding that her body was soaked with excrement up to her chest.

"We are still wondering how she could get into the toilet" which has a small entrance hole covered in wood, he said, adding that she had been admitted to hospital following the incident.

Rochom P'ngieng went missing as a little girl in 1989 while herding water buffalo in Ratanakkiri province, about 600km north-east of Phnom Penh and home to some of the most isolated and wild jungle in Cambodia.

In early 2007 she was brought from the jungle, naked and dirty, after being caught trying to steal food from a farmer. She was hunched over like a monkey, scavenging on the ground for pieces of dried rice.

Cambodians described her as "jungle woman" and "half-animal girl" and since rejoining society she has battled bouts of illness after refusing food.

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  1. Mighty, Prophet01:10am Friday 11th June 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    She should be given cannabis to adapt to society.

  2. LEIGH06:32pm Wednesday 09th June 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    She knew it was 11 days because she saw John dump his breakfast 11 times....

  3. devil inside07:45am Wednesday 09th June 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    10 meters is around 30 feet or height of a power pole the methane gas would have killed her or made her pass out sham

  4. devil inside07:29am Wednesday 09th June 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    who cear were she lives 11 day in the long drop she can go back to the jungle dogs roll in s##t and wot she eat dogs eat s##t this story is untrue and she would be ill and not to mention stink like s##t

  5. B Savage07:17am Wednesday 09th June 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    This woman is mentally ill. There is no question about that. What happened isn't quirky news – it's just sad.

  6. Nukes Rule05:42am Wednesday 09th June 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    Just because she was 'gone' for 11 days doesn't mean she was in the bog for that time. What ever, it's a great shame for her.

  7. John08:36pm Tuesday 08th June 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    Beryl & Terry, read what I wrote - in simple English for people like you - I didn't suggest that there is only one communal toilet in the village. My musing questions how it is possible that NO-ONE seems to have noticed this poor creature in the cr*pper for 11 days. Ergo, did NO-ONE have cause to use this bog, or (better yet) search it? It all smells a bit fishy or worse.

  8. 06:20pm Tuesday 08th June 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    I think its us who live in a jungle.

  9. gwiz04:14pm Tuesday 08th June 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    Wow,without delay experts in human behaviour could be brought in to assist the rehab of this human.There is much to be learned by all.


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