Father of British backpacker missing in Cambodia fears she was abducted

The father of a British backpacker missing in Cambodia has said he fears she has been abducted.

Amelia Bambridge, from Worthing, West Sussex, was last seen on the island of Koh Rong late on Wednesday night.

Staff at Police Beach, a private venue that stages regular events, found Ms Bambridge's purple rucksack, containing her purse, phone and bank cards, the following morning.

About 150 volunteers and Cambodian police are involved in searches of the shoreline and jungle for the missing 21-year-old.

Her father Phil Bambridge, who has travelled to the island, said he believed she had been "taken".

He told Sky News: "I don't think she's had an accident. If she'd had an accident she would have been found by now."

Mr Bambridge said that, having viewed CCTV, he believed she had been lost inland.

He said: "So we sort of knew from this here we were getting to fixed times and where she got there. I don't think she's in the sea, I think she's inland somewhere."

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

Georgie Bambridge told Sky News: "She said 'everyone is so cool here' and couldn't be happier.

"She's literally wanted to go travelling her whole life.

"She has spent the past two years saving for it and spent the last year reading blogs of travellers, researching what she was going to do.

"She knew everything and was living out her dream – she was happy."

Ms Bambridge said her "role model" sister "would never drink to excess" and was "always in control", adding: "She would always be looking out for me, it's not like her to not look after herself.

"I just don't know what's happened."

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In this photo provided by the Sihanoukville Province Authority Police, police officers and foreigners, part of the search team, dive during a hunt for missing British backpacker Amelia Bambridge at Koh Rong, in Preah Sihanouk province, Cambodia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Police in Cambodia say 150 people are searching for a young British woman who is missing on an island popular with travelers. 21-year-old Amelia Bambridge has not been seen since last Wednesday night, when she went to a beach party on Koh Rong island. (Sihanoukville province Authority Police via AP)
Amelia Bambridge: Everything We Know About The British Backpacker Missing In Cambodia
Amelia Bambridge: Everything We Know About The British Backpacker Missing In Cambodia
In this photo provided by the Sihanoukville Province Authority Police, Sihanoukville provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun, center, looks at a map of Koh Rong where British national Amelia Bambridge went missing, in Preah Sihanouk province, Cambodia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Police in Cambodia say 150 people are searching for a young British woman who is missing on an island popular with travelers. 21-year-old Amelia Bambridge has not been seen since last Wednesday night, when she went to a beach party on Koh Rong island. (Sihanoukville province Authority Police via AP)
In this photo provided by the Sihanoukville Province Authority Police, police officers and foreigners, part of the search team, prepare to hunt for missing British backpacker Amelia Bambridge at Koh Rong, in Preah Sihanouk province, Cambodia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Police in Cambodia say 150 people are searching for a young British woman who is missing on an island popular with travelers. 21-year-old Amelia Bambridge has not been seen since last Wednesday night, when she went to a beach party on Koh Rong island. (Sihanoukville province Authority Police via AP)
In this photo provided by the Sihanoukville Province Authority Police, police officers and foreigners, part of the search team, prepare to hunt for missing British backpacker Amelia Bambridge at Koh Rong, in Preah Sihanouk province, Cambodia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Police in Cambodia say 150 people are searching for a young British woman who is missing on an island popular with travelers. 21-year-old Amelia Bambridge has not been seen since last Wednesday night, when she went to a beach party on Koh Rong island. (Sihanoukville province Authority Police via AP)
A British backpacker missing in Cambodia was "living out her dream" and having the "best time ever" her sister has said. Amelia Bambridge, 21, from Worthing, West Sussex, was last seen on the island of Koh Rong late on Wednesday night.
Cambodian National Police brief officials and rescuers during a search operation meeting for missing British tourist Amelia Bambridge on Koh Rong island
Cambodian National Police hold a bag belonging to missing British tourist Amelia Bambridge
Police and volunteers join the search for missing British backpacker Amelia Bambridge on the island of Koh Rong, Cambodia, last Sunday (October 27). Amelia, 21, disappeared after attending a beach party on the popular tourist island of Koh Rong, Cambodia. Police, scuba divers, government officials and volunteers joined the search last Sunday for the missing tourist. They were also using a drone to scour the dense jungle and coastline. Amelia's purple backpack was pictured on rocks close to the shore where it was found after she disappeared in the morning of October 24. Police also revealed her belongings were still in the bag, while her passport was at the hostel, a 40-minute walk from the beach where she was last seen. The items in her bag included a small purse, several packs of over-the-counter medication, her mobile phone, a phone charger, headphones, bank cards, a watch, a lighter, a pen, a tourist SIM card, a small padlock, a nail file and a key ring. Her worried mother Linda Bambridge, 52, and other family members have flown out to the area. Local officials joined with coast guards, police, divers and volunteers who live on the island to scour the area in search of Amelia. Scuba divers searched the waters around the island, some 130 miles (210km) from the capital Phnom Penh. Kouch Chamroeun, the Governor of Sihanoukville and General Thong Lim, Secretary General of the Cambodian Coastal Management and Development Committee, were pictured co-ordinating the search. Amelia's sister, Georgie, said the family was in touch with police and trying to stay strong as concerns grew. A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "We are assisting the family of a British woman who has been reported missing in Cambodia and are in close contact with the Cambodian police."
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Ms Bambridge set off on her trip on September 27, when she flew to Vietnam, her family said.

They were alerted to her disappearance after she failed to check out of the Nest Beach Club hostel after she was last seen at a beach party.

Her passport remained at the hostel.

Major general Chuon Narin, police chief of coastal Preah Sihanouk province, said divers, police, navy personnel, local volunteers and foreigners were taking part in the searches.

He told AP: "As of now, the searchers have no news about her whereabouts and they have expanded the area they are searching to make sure all possible sites are checked.

"I can't say whether Bambridge was killed or got lost in the island's jungle."

Ms Bambridge's brother Harry wrote on Facebook on Sunday: "So I've landed in Cambodia, in a taxi to attempt to make the last ferry to the island, which is a five hour taxi.

"I'm totally overwhelmed with everyone's support and I can't thank you all enough."

In a different post, he added: "I seriously believe there is still hope for her to be found alive."

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