Body of Missing British Tourist Found in Sea

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The body of missing backpacker Amelia Bambridge was found on Thursday in the Cambodian sea near Thailand, authorities said.

The 21-year-old had gone missing in the early hours of October 24, after having last been seen at a beach party on Koh Rong island in Cambodia’s south. 

Provincial hall spokesman Kheang Phearum told VOD that her body was found floating in the sea at Koh Chhlam island near the Cambodia-Thailand border.

“We have found her body,” he said.

Hundreds of people, including army, police and navy personnel participated in the search for her. Her family flew to the island earlier this week. 

Yit Nem Soty, Koh Rong commune police chief, said officers had identified her body based on tattoos on her arm.

The cause of death remains unknown as of Thursday evening, according to both officials. Police questioned at least 20 people in relation to her disappearance, but no arrests have been made.

Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha said the body was found 57 miles, or about 92 kilometers, from where she went missing. “We received information from fishermen,” he said. He said fishermen found the body at about 9 or 10 a.m. on Thursday, and that navy forces arrived at the location at about 2 p.m.

He said they were waiting for the autopsy of the body. “We cannot make any conclusion whether she drowned or whatever,” he said. “I dare not to say yet because we only focus on finding her these last days.”

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