Breaking Now: Body of missing “gap year” student found at sea, heading for autopsy

Searchers in Cambodia have found the body of a missing 21-year-old British backpacker who was last seen on October 24.

Citing the Lucy Blackman Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to helping British travelers in crisis abroad, CNN reports that police found Amelia Bambridge’s body in the ocean close to the Thai border. Provincial Police Chief Chuon Narin also confirmed to CNN that the remains were that of the missing young woman.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Bambridge had last been seen at a beach party Koh Rong island in the early morning hours of October 24. When she did not check out of the hostel she had been staying in as scheduled, the manager of the hostel, which is about 40 minutes away from the beach where she was last seen, contacted her family.

Later, Bambridge’s handbag containing her wallet and her phone was found on a beach on Koh Rong island.

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Investigators reportedly questioned about 100 people in Bambridge’s disappearance. Cambodian police told the Guardian that she was found more than 30 miles from where she was last seen.

According to the Guardian report, Narin declined to comment about the circumstances of Bambridge’s death. It is not known at this time if authorities suspect foul play.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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