Cambodian police fear missing British backpacker Amelia Bambridge has drowned

Elias Hubbard
November 1, 2019

Maj Gen Chuon Narin said searches of Koh Rong island and in the Gulf of Thailand had failed to provide any information about her disappearance. Koh Rong commune chief Chhoeun Chantha told The Associated Press on Monday that he believed that might be the case because the authorities found her belongings on a rock close the water's edge near the party site.

Ms Bambridge's father Phil Bambridge, who has travelled to the island, which is popular with backpackers, said he fears she has been abducted.

"We are very anxious that's why we are using all forces to search for her", Koh Rong town governor Nuon Bunthol said.

Amelia was reported missing after she failed to check out of her hotel on time.


On Wednesday, Bambridge's family criticised the FCO for what they said was a lack of support in a petition.

The petition said the FCO was not helping in the search for Bambridge.

More than 500 people have already signed the petition, which can be viewed here.

An FCO spokesperson said: "Amelia's family have our deepest sympathies at this very hard time".

The 21-year-old, from Worthing, West Sussex, was last seen on the island of Koh Rong late on October 23.

A vigil for Ms Bambridge will be held at St Michael's Church in Worthing on Wednesday evening.

Five relatives are now on the island and drones and thermal imaging cameras are assisting with the search. "We are not drawing any conclusions yet". Her movements thereafter are not known.

Amelia had been travelling on her gap year - a trip she had been planning for two years - when she was reported missing.

Staff at Police Beach, a private venue which hosts parties, found Ms Bambridge's purple rucksack, containing her purse, phone and bank cards, the next day.

Friends raised the alarm after she never returned to the hostel, and the search commenced.

Amelia's youthful sister, Georgie, informed the placement that her sister "by no methodology drank to extra" and became once "always as a lot as lunge".

"She was just telling me how awesome travelling was, how many wonderful people she had met, how she was having the time of her life", Georgie said.

"We're taking a look for a body now", a police offer informed the agency, admitting there became once "minute hope" she would be came upon alive after see you later.

Amelia's family are continuing to raise funds to support the search - donate to the cause here.

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