Brother’s lament for ‘little sister’ Amelia Bambridge as body is found

The brother of missing UK backpacker Amelia Bambridge has spoken emotionally after her body was found.

The 21-year-old woman, from Worthing, West Sussex, was last seen on the island of Koh Rong late on October 23.

Following the announcement that her body had been found at sea, her brother Harry Bambridge confirmed the news on Instagram.

He said: "I've just seen her and I can confirm it's my little sister Amelia.

"I'm so sorry to all her friends and family, there's nothing more I wanted then (sic) to bring her back alive and I really f****** tried.

"And I'm sorry to you, Amelia Bambridge, the round is on me when we meet again in heaven."

12 PHOTOS
Amelia Bambridge tragedy
See Gallery
Amelia Bambridge tragedy
Amelia Bambridge in Prague, Czech Republic
Amelia Bambridge: Everything We Know About The British Backpacker Missing In Cambodia
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."
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Miss Bambridge was reported missing after she failed to check out of her hotel on time, and staff at Police Beach, a private venue on the island, found her purple rucksack with her purse, phone and bank cards inside the following morning.

Missing persons charity the Lucie Blackman Trust reported the discovery of the body on Thursday morning, describing it as "tragic news".

The charity said on Twitter: "We are aware of the very tragic news from Cambodia.

"Amelia Bambridge's body has been found at sea."

Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, said: "Devastated to hear the terribly sad news about Amelia Bambridge this morning, the thoughts and prayers of everyone in Worthing are with her family and friends."

The Foreign Office said its staff are on the island, are in contact with the Cambodian authorities responsible for carrying out the identification and continue to support Miss Bambridge's family.

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS