Search and rescue workers in Preah Sihanouk province are scouring the sea, beaches and jungles around Koh Rong island as the search continues for a 21-year-old British woman who went missing last week.
Brigadier General Kol Phally, deputy chief of provincial police, yesterday said Amelia Bambridge went missing at about 3am on Thursday in Koh Rong city’s Koh Rong Sanloem commune.
“Our police officials are still searching for her; we have not yet seen her,” Brig Gen Phaly said.
Her sister Georgie Bambridge on Saturday tweeted that Ms Amelia has been missing from Police Beach since Wednesday.
Linda Schultz, Ms Amelia’s mother, arrived in Cambodia yesterday to join the search team that currently consists of police, government officials, volunteers, scuba divers and drone operators.
Ms Bambridge’s family told the BBC that she left the UK on September 27 and first flew to Vietnam to meet her Vietnamese father. Both then travelled to Cambodia before Ms Amelia checked into a hostel on the island.
In the evening prior to her disappearance, she had been with friends she met at the hostel and partied on Police Beach. Her friends reported her “out-of-character” disappearance after her belongings were found on the beach.
Kheang Phearum, a spokesman for Provincial Hall, said Governor Kuoch Chamroeun went to the scene yesterday to oversee the ongoing search effort.
“He ordered police and relevant officials to find the missing woman,” Mr Phearum said. “Our forces will work until we have found the woman.”
“We found her bag, phone and passport on the beach,” he added.
He noted that the family is already in the Kingdom and is now making their way to Koh Rong island.
Mr Chamroeun could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Those among the search party have noted that the journey from Police Beach to Nest Beach Club hostel, where she was staying, comprises of thick jungle terrain. They believe she may be lost among the thick foliage.
While this may bring hope to some, her mother fears that there has been a lack of urgency from the British embassy.
A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK has confirmed they are working with Cambodian police and are in contact with the family.
Additional reporting by Gerald Flynn