The sand hole in which five boys aged 13 to 19 were found dead
Police in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak said March 14 they found no signs of foul play in the deaths of five teenagers buried in a sand hole a day earlier.
At around 6 a.m. March 13, a local found some clothes and sandals on the bank of the Krong Bong River in Krong Bong District, approached the river bank, and saw a human hand in the sand.
The terror-stricken man rushed to tell the police about his discovery.
The police arrived and dug the sand found five decaying bodies 50 centimeters underneath.
The deceased were identified as Ly Seo Phong, 13, Vang Quang Vinh, 17, Ly Seo Hung, 18, Giang Van Bang, 18, and Ma Van Binh, 19, all students of some schools in Cu Dram commune.
The boys, belonging to the H'Mong ethnic community, lived locally to attend the schools.
Their schools had reported them missing since the afternoon of March 11.
After performing autopsies, the Cu Dram police said there were no injuries or signs of attack on the boys.
They found sand in the mouths of three of them.
It might have been an accident, they said.
They could have bathed in the river and crawled into a cave to shelter from the sun, and unfortunately the cave may have collapsed, the police said.
But they have yet to make an official statement and are continuing with the investigation.
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