Body of missing British tourist Amelia Bambridge found off Cambodia coast: Police

Body of missing British tourist Amelia Bambridge found off Cambodia coast: Police

Amelia Bambridge, UK tourist missing in Cambodia
Amelia Bambridge was last seen at a beach party around 3.30am on Oct 24. (Photo: Facebook / Amelia Bambridge)

PHNOM PENH: The body of 21-year-old British tourist Amelia Bambridge was found floating in the sea, more than a week after she went missing from a Cambodian island, police told AFP on Thursday (Oct 31).

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"We found the body of the missing British woman," said the police chief of Preah Sihanouk province Chuon Narin. 

He did not speculate on what happened to her after she disappeared from a beach party on Oct 24, but earlier this week he said she may have drowned.

Her brother, Harry Bambridge, confirmed in a Facebook post that he had identified the body.

"It's my little sister Amelia," he wrote.

"There's nothing more I wanted (than) to bring her back alive," he said. "I'm sorry to you Amelia Bambridge the round is on me when we meet again in heaven."

Ms Bambridge did not check out of her hostel following the party that went into the early hours on the Police Beach in Koh Rong, an island popular with backpackers and full of budget guesthouses and bars.

Nearly 200 army, navy and police personnel scoured Koh Rong island in southern Cambodia for sixth
Nearly 200 army, navy and police personnel scoured Koh Rong island in southern Cambodia for sixth day to find tourist Amelia Bambridge (Photo: AFP/TANG CHHIN Sothy)

Cambodian National Police hold a bag belonging to missing British tourist Amelia Bambridge
Cambodian National Police hold a bag belonging to missing British tourist Amelia Bambridge. (Photo: AFP/Handout)

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The desperate search for Ms Bambridge on Koh Rong included more than 100 army, navy and police officers as well as relatives and volunteers. 

Her family members flew to the island to help with the investigation and have also been active on social media asking travellers for possible clues.

Police later found her bag and phone in the area where she was last seen.

Six men were held for questioning by police on Tuesday but have since been found not to be involved and released.

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Rong is popular with backpackers.

It is a two-hour boat ride from the coast and draws budget travellers with its cheap accommodation, laid-back beach bars and idyllic sunsets.

But it has also undergone development in recent years, in keeping with a construction and casino boom in nearby Sihanoukville.

Cambodia has long been a stop for tourists travelling around Southeast Asia.

Though generally safe, crimes involving foreigners have grabbed headlines in the past.

This month a Cambodian court charged three men with gang-raping a French tourist in the coastal province of Kampot after offering her a ride in their car.

In 2013, Kampot town was rocked by the discovery of the mutilated body of a 25-year-old Frenchwoman floating in a river.

A Belgian was charged with the alleged rape and murder of the woman, but released on bail due to a lack of evidence.

Source: AFP/aa

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