Body Believed to Be Missing British Woman, 21, Found Off Cambodia

Cambodian authorities found a body floating near the Thai border on Thursday that is believed to be a 21-year-old British woman who went missing last week from a beach party in a coastal area popular with backpackers, police said.

Amelia Bambridge’s disappearance prompted a search with divers, land-based teams, and police drones after her purse was found on a beach with her mobile phone and watch inside.

Cambodian maritime authorities located the body in waters near the Thai border, about 62 miles away from where she had disappeared last week, said Chuon Narin, police chief of the Preah Sihanouk province.

“The body is being transported by boat from the Thai border. It will take two hours to reach the mainland,” Narin told Reuters.

“According to the people who are transporting her body, it’s almost 100 percent her, looking at her body’s markings, including tattoo,” Narin said.

Amelia Bambridge
Amelia Bambridge was last seen at a party on Police Beach on Koh Rong island, Cambodia. (Courtesy of Lucie Blackman Trust)

He said Bambridge’s family was with the authorities when they found the body floating amid some rocks off Koh Chhlam, an island in neighboring Koh Kong province.

Narin said police will conduct an autopsy when the body reaches the mainland, adding that early indications pointed to drowning as the cause of death.

Bambridge was last seen on Oct. 24 leaving for a beach party on the island of Koh Rong, which is popular with backpackers, and was posting photos online until 3:23 a.m.

Bambridge’s brother, father, and mother arrived in Cambodia on Sunday to join the search.

Massive Search Operation

More than 100 police officers and volunteers had been deployed to assist with the search operation, Lieutenant General Salideth Peuo of the Cambodian National Police told CNN.

Cambodian police said they had questioned at least 20 people but made no arrests during the search for Bambridge.

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Police and rescue volunteers search for missing British Backpacker Amelia Bambridge in Cambodia. (Courtesy of Sihanouk Ville Administration)

“We are very worried that’s why we are using all forces to search for her,” Koh Rong town governor Nuon Bunthol said.

“We are questioning as many people as possible and we haven’t detained anyone,” he said, adding that he feared she might have drowned.

A Facebook page set up to raise money for the search has already raised more than more than $22,000.

The CNN Wire contributed to this report.