Cambodia’s police and over 150 people locals and tourists have joined the search for a missing young British woman. 21-year-old Amelia Bambridge went missing on a Cambodian island popular with travellers, a senior police officer said Monday.
Maj Gen Chuon Narin, police chief of coastal Preah Sihanouk province, said divers, police, navy personnel, local volunteers and foreigners are taking part in the search. Amelia has not been seen since last Wednesday night, when she attended a beach party on Koh Rong island.
Her bag with phone, money and credit cards were found the next morning on a nearby beach. Police said she also failed to check out of the hostel where she had been staying. They also found her passport in her room.
Chuon Narin expressed guarded optimism that Bambridge might be found alive. Saying that several foreign tourists have been previously found safe after going missing in a jungle area. He said he wasn’t aware of any cases of foreigners being murdered.
The Phnom Penh Post newspaper cited a local official, Koh Rong commune chief Chhoeun Chantha, as saying that the search was being conducted in the jungle and at sea.
Hand Bag Belonging Amelia Bambridge Found on Beach
He said he suspects Bambridge may have drowned because her bag was found on a rock near the water’s edge. Speed boats were being employed in the search.
Bambridge’s brother and father are in Cambodia to help in the search, and her mother was en route, Britain’s Press Association reported.
The family learned of her disappearance when she failed to check out from her hostel.
“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,” Chuon Narin said. “I can’t say whether Bambridge was killed or got lost in the island’s jungle.”
Koh Rong, about 25km offshore in the Gulf of Thailand, covers an area of about 78 square kilometres.
Bambridge’s sister, Georgie, told Britain’s Sky News that Amelia “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.”
Her family said her trip to Asia began on Sept 27, when she flew to Vietnam.
Georgie said her 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.”