Family wants government to get involved in filmmaker's death in Cambodia

Dave Walker, a Canadian filmmaker and former journalist, disappeared on Valentine's Day 2014 while...

Dave Walker, a Canadian filmmaker and former journalist, disappeared on Valentine's Day 2014 while in Cambodia working on a movie. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:35 PM ET

TORONTO -- Family and friends of a Canadian journalist found dead in a Cambodian jungle last week, months after mysteriously disappearing, say they are stunned by Canada's silence.

Those who knew and loved Dave Walker released a statement Thursday expressing concerns Cambodia is trying to "cover up" the 58-year-old's death by deeming it a heart attack.

And they're pleading with the federal government to get more involved.

"The fact that Walker was murdered is not in dispute," the family alleged in the statement, signed by Walker's cousin, Tammy Maddon, of Edmonton.

The family says it is "deeply disturbed" by Cambodian media reports that an autopsy was conducted and determined Walker "died of natural causes."

A team of Thai investigators, hired by the family, found the opposite after a preliminary examination.


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