Amelia Bambridge's brother says 'next round is on me in heaven' after she is found dead

31 October 2019, 10:03 | Updated: 1 November 2019, 13:53

The body of Amelia Bambridge has been found out to sea on the Thai-Cambodia border
The body of Amelia Bambridge has been found out to sea on the Thai-Cambodia border. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

The brother of backpacker Amelia Bambridge has said "the next round is on me when we meet in heaven" after her body was discovered by Cambodian police.

Amelia's body was found out to sea close to the Thai border, 30 miles away from where she was last seen, earlier today.

Her brother Harry confirmed he had identified her body.

"I've just seen her and I can confirm it's my little sister Amelia," he wrote on social media.

"I'm so sorry to all her friends and family there's nothing more I wanted than to bring her back alive and I really f***ing tried. 

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

Her sister Sharon Schultes also wrote on the family's fundraising page shortly after the discovery was made public.

She said: "I have had the most horrific confirmation that my sister Amelia Bambridge was found and she is no longer with us.

"It breaks my heart to let all my close family and friends know the horrendous outcome that we didn't want.

"Now we have to get our Amelia back home to England so we can lay her beautiful soul to rest and to remember the wonderful life she lived.

"Thank you for all the support we've had, please continue to do all you can so we can get all our family home with Amelia safely."

Amelia was 21
Amelia was 21. Picture: PA

Amelia, 21, from Worthing, West Sussex, was last seen on the island of Koh Rong late on October 23.

Her family, who had travelled out to Cambodia to assist in the search, were with authorities when Amelia was found floating amid some rocks.

Police identified her body through the clothing she was wearing and a tattoo on her body.

Chuon Narin, police chief of Preah Sihanouk province, told reporters: "We found the body of the missing British woman.

"The body is being transported to a marina from the Thai border. It will take two hours to reach the mainland,' he said. 

"According to the people who are transporting her body, it's almost 100 percent her, looking at her body's markings, including tattoo."

Amelia's dad Phil (centre) and brother Harry (right) travelled in Cambodia to assist in the search
Amelia's dad Phil (centre) and brother Harry (right) travelled in Cambodia to assist in the search. Picture: PA

Her body will be brought back to shore for a post mortem.

She was reported missing after staff at Police Beach, a private venue on the island, found her purple rucksack containing her purse, phone and bank cards the following morning.

Amelia's family had travelled to Cambodia to assist in the search for her.

Those in Worthing have expressed their sympathies for Amelia's family.

One woman told LBC News: "It's very very sad and it must be awful for her family. At least having found the body they've got closure but it's very sad."

Another added: "It's such a shame because things like that don't really happen here. I mean, a tragedy".

Others thought of their own children after hearing the news.

She was last seen at a beach party on October 23
She was last seen at a beach party on October 23. Picture: PA

A man said: "Very sad. You take things for granted that your kids are safe, they can go abroad, but it does happen and it and it's so scary isn't it? It is scary."

On Wednesday, the police chief for Preah Sihanouk province, the area where Ms Bambridge was last seen, said he believed she had drowned.

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."

Foreign search teams joined in the hunt for the missing backpacker
Foreign search teams joined in the hunt for the missing backpacker. Picture: PA

Six men who work at restaurants, hotels and guest houses on the island were questioned by police and released without charge on Tuesday evening.

Officials said the men were taken into custody because of complaints by Western tourists that they had acted badly towards visiting women.

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