Mississippi man found dead in Cambodia was 'afraid and wanted to leave quickly'
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Authorities in Cambodia are investigating the death of a 44-year-old Mississippi man found strangled to death atop a garbage pile, the Cambodia Daily reported.

The victim, William Bryan Glenn, had been working as an English teacher in Phnom Penh since this past May. Local police said U.S. embassy personnel joined them in searching his room at a local hotel late last week, and that Glenn was wanted as a "criminal" in the U.S, though no specific offense was identified. However, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported that the embassy denied any involvement in the investigation.

Glenn's wife, 44-year-old Nittaya Glenn, told the Daily they regularly spoke on the phone despite filing for separation recently, but that he had become afraid for his life.

"He called me many times and said that some Cambodian people wanted something from him -- he was afraid and wanted to leave quickly," she was quoted as saying. "I told him to move to China, where he worked before for six months. I told him I would pay for his flight so he could go."

Witnesses who found Glenn's body said it looked like he had been beaten and tied up by the wrists and ankles.

"The kids saw it when they disposed of the trash, then they ran away," one witness was quoted as saying. "They wrapped him with curtains but you could still see his feet. They were tied with 10-kilogram rice sacks. We couldn't see his head because it was limp and had dropped down."

The Clarion-Ledger reported that during his career, William Glenn had identified himself as a graduate of the University of Mississippi who "got bored of the low pay and the boredom" of teaching there for six years before embarking on a career teaching abroad. However, neither the university nor local county officials have any record of him.

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