Discovery of backpacker Amelia Bambridge’s body ‘tragic news’, charity says

The discovery of the body of UK backpacker Amelia Bambridge who went missing in Cambodia is “tragic news”, a charity said.

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

She 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.

On Thursday morning the Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity which assists families of missing UK nationals abroad, responded to the announcement by police in Cambodia that Miss Bambridge’s body had been found at sea.

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.

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