Police in Vietnam's Central Highlands believe a 6-year-old girl was raped before being brutally murdered with a knife on Thursday.
Nguyen Van Bao, the father of the victim, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha of Nam N'Jang commune in Dak Song District, Dak Nong Province, said he and his wife often took their three children to a family farm away from their home where the couple work, VnExpress reported.
However, Ha asked to stay at home on August 16 to prepare for the new school year.
At around 3 p.m., Ha's mother Nguyen Thi Mau brought her two sons home to prepare dinner.
She found the front door unusually locked from the inside and when she entered through the back door, she saw blood on the floor.
Mau asked for neighbors to help find Ha but after half an hour, the mother was terrified to find the girl's body in a sack right in her house.
Investigators said Ha died due to 13 severe stabs wounds in her back, neck and head. They said the culprit had washed her body before putting it into a sack that her family uses for bananas.
"We think the culprit raped her and then killed her to avoid being detected," an investigator said.
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