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Amelia Bambridge: Body of Cambodia backpacker found at sea

Amelia Bambridge: Body of Cambodia backpacker found at sea

Amelia Bambridge was last seen on the island of Koh Rong on 23 October
The body of missing British backpacker Amelia Bambridge has been found in the sea, police in Cambodia say.The 21-year-old, from Worthing, West Sussex, was last seen at a beach party on the island of Koh Rong last week.Her body was recovered 30 miles off the island and will be taken to Sihanoukville on the mainland, according to Cambodian officials.Ms Bambridge's family will also be taken there from Koh Rong where they have been assisting the search. She was reported missing after she failed to check out of her hostel following the party on 23 October. She was last seen at about 03:00 local time.
Staff at Police Beach, a private party venue on the island, found her purple rucksack with her purse, phone and bank cards inside the following morning.
Searches covered areas of water, beach and jungle on Koh Rong
About 150 volunteers including divers, navy personnel and visitors as well as Cambodian police officers took part in land and sea searches for Ms Bambridge.Her father and brother flew out and joined the search parties on Sunday, Her mother arrived on the island on Monday, Ms Bambridge's sister, Georgie said.Six men employed at restaurants, hotels and guesthouses on the island were questioned and released without charge on Tuesday.Officials said the men were brought into custody because of complaints by Western tourists that they had acted badly towards visiting women.
Amelia Bambridge (third from left) had been at a beach party the night she disappeared
The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been helping the Bambridge family, confirmed Amelia's body had been recovered.It tweeted: "We are aware of the very tragic news from Cambodia. Amelia Bambridge's body has been found at sea."We are assisting her family. Please respect the family's privacy at this difficult time."Family and friends of Ms Bambridge attended a vigil hosted at St Michael's Church in Worthing on Wednesday, one week on from her disappearance.
A candlelit vigil was held in Worthing on Wednesday, one week after Amelia disappeared
Father Christopher Ingel had said her disappearance was the "most unimaginable" thing for her family. On Wednesday, the family criticised the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for a lack of support.Members of staff from the FCO have been on Koh Rong island for a number of days.A spokesman said: "Amelia's family have our deepest sympathies at this very difficult time.Our staff have been providing in-person assistance to them on Koh Rong island, and maintaining close contact with the Cambodian authorities searching for Amelia."
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