PHNOM PENH: A woman who disappeared in the jungles of Cambodia as a child has apparently been found after living in the wild for 19 years.

Believed to be Rochom P'ngieng, now 27, she cannot speak any intelligible language. "She is like half-human and half-animal," said a police officer. "She's weird. She sleeps during the day and stays up at night."

Sal Lou, a policeman who is a member of the Pnong ethnic minority, said he recognised his daughter from a scar on her back and facial features.

Eight-year-old Rochom P'ngieng disappeared in 1988 when she was herding buffalo. Her parents had lost hope of finding her. The father cried and hugged her. AP