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Amelia Bambridge: Body of Cambodia backpacker found at sea



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Amelia Bambridge was last seen on the island of Koh Rong on October 23
                

The body of missing British backpacker Amelia Bambridge was found in the sea, shelves 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 in 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.

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Image caption [19659005] 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

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Amelia Bambridge (third from left) was disappeared at a beach party
                

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been helping the Bambridge family throughout the past week, confirmed Amelia's body had been recovered.

He 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. "

On Wednesday, the family criticized the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for a lack of support.

FCO staff members were on Koh Rong island for

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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