David Ginter, American Pastor, Found Dead In Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysian police are investigating the death of an U.S. pastor found at his home with his hands and legs bound and a cellphone charger cable around his neck.

Amiruddin Jamaluddin, a Kuala Lumpur district police chief, says officials believe Rev. David Ginter was murdered but have not identified any suspects or motive.

Ginter's wife, who was visiting her home country of Australia, asked a neighbor to check on him Saturday when she couldn't contact him. He was found dead and his car was missing.

The website of Ginter's Bridge International Church says he is from a farm outside Portland, Oregon. He came to Malaysia in 2010.

U.S. Embassy official Harvey Sernovitz said Sunday the embassy was providing consular assistance to the family.

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