Priest pays tribute to 'bubbly and courageous' Amelia Bambridge


The body of a 21-year-old British tourist was found floating in the sea more than a week after she went missing from a Cambodian island, police told AFP on Thursday.

Undated family handout photo issued by the Lucie Blackman Trust (LBT) of missing British backpacker Amelia Bambridge, 21, from Worthing, West Sussex, who was last seen on the Cambodian island of Koh Rong late on Wednesday night.

Her body will be moved to Sihanoukville on the mainland.

Amelia Bambridge never returned to the Nest Beach Club Hostel following a party about 40 minutes away at Police Beach in Koh Rong.

During a phone call with her younger sister, Georgie, on Wednesday, Amelia said her first solo trip was "doing so much for her confidence" and she was having "the best time ever".

Harry Bambridge made an emotional statement about his little sister Amelia saying: "the round is on me when we meet again in heaven". She was last seen at the gathering early on October 23.

Another sister of Amelia, and her brother both wrote emotional Facebook posts confirming the tragic news. "The family members of Bambridge, were added as local authorities, the remains were found.' From an initial examination, it would be revealed that she was killed by drowning".

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And he ruled that advice to stay put, rather than risk fleeing, should have been abandoned at 1.30am rather than 2.47am. But some residents say they are not hopeful that the inquiry will bring about real change.

Members Ms Bambridge's family had travelled to the island to join in the search for her.

It comes as her family deliberate to rent a team of agreeable jungle searchers to continue buying for her.

A search party consisting of about 150 volunteers including divers, navy personnel and visitors took on the challenge of finding her.

Six employees working at the restaurant, all men, were questioned by law enforcement officers and released without charge.

"It breaks my heart to let all my close family and friends know the horrendous outcome that we didn't want".

Police did not speculate on what happened to Amelia but earlier this week suggested said she may have drowned.