Amelia Bambridge: 6 men arrested over missing British backpackers in Cambodia
Amelia Bambridge, 21, was missing five days ago in Cambodia (shown in the country). She was last seen at a beach party on the island of Koh Rong
Six men have been arrested by the police and are investigating the disappearance of British backpacker Amelia Bambridge in Cambodia.
The 21-year-old backpacker from Worthing disappeared last Wednesday after being seen on Police Beach, a night spot popular with tourists on the island of Koh Rong in the south of the country.
While 200 army, naval and police personnel crossed the island on Tuesday, a police officer revealed his declining hope and said: & # 39; We are now looking for a body. & # 39;
The six prisoners, some of whom work in local bars, have been transferred to police headquarters in the neighboring coastal province of Sihanoukville, a senior officer told AFP on Tuesday.
& # 39; They are being interrogated, & # 39; said provincial deputy police chief Nop Panha. & # 39; We are not yet drawing any conclusions. & # 39;
Another high-ranking police source said that there was & # 39; little hope & # 39; was that Miss Bambridge would be found alive after a day-long hunt that gave her few clues.
Miss Bambridge & # 39; s distraught family – who has regularly posted on Facebook to request information about their daughter's whereabouts – is in Cambodia and commutes between Sihanoukville and Koh Rong as the search becomes more intense.
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Cambodian soldiers and divers leave the island of Koh Rong on a rubber boat to search for the missing British woman Amelia Bambridge on Tuesday for the island in the province of Sihanoukville
Today, volunteers are looking for Miss Bambridge, the 21-year-old Brit from Worthing who disappeared last Wednesday
& # 39; Where are you Amelia, we miss you so much, & # 39; Sister Sharon Schultes posted on Facebook. & # 39; FIND OUR AMELIA. & # 39;
Authorities check with fishermen whether someone has been accidentally caught in their nets, while teams also trudge through the lush jungles of Koh Rong for clues.
On Monday, Miss Bambridge & # 39; s father Phil, who is in the country to help with the search, spoke after watching CCTV recordings the night she disappeared.
Conflicting claims by Cambodian officials that Miss Bambridge drowned after a beach party, Mr. Bambridge says he is convinced that she has been taken into the jungle.
Mr. Bambridge said he decided to review CCTV tapes after getting conflicting reports from Cambodian authorities about when she went to the party on Police Beach, where she was caught on camera just hours before they disappeared.
Between hours of grainy footage, he discovered images of her who left her hotel around 2:00 am with a group of friends to go to the beach, about 20 minutes away.
Amelia (photo on the left next to Sister Georgie, on the right) had been dreaming of the trip for years and had sent messages about her experiences to date.
Amelia stayed at Nest Beach Club Hostel, about 40 minutes from Police Beach, where she was last seen
Speak against Sky News, He said: & # 39; We had conflicting times when she got there. I don't think she's in the sea, I think she's somewhere inland.
& # 39; I think someone took her. I don't think she had an accident, if she had an accident she would have been found. & # 39;
Search efforts were initially focused on the beach after a bag with her credit card, money, and some medication was found on a rock by the water.
Phil said he loses quickly hoping to see his daughter alive again, and believes she has violated her own rules to stay safe despite his repeated warnings before she left
Father Phil Bambridge (left) said that after watching CCTV about his daughter's last night alive (right), he believes she was kidnapped and taken into the jungle
It was that discovery that led Chhoeun Chantha, commune chief of Koh Rong, to say that he fears that Miss Bambridge has drowned.
But on Monday, efforts were split between the water and the jungle after drones, divers, and speedboats could not detect a trace of Miss Bambridge.
In a conversation with the Guardian, Mr. Bambridge admitted that he is losing hope to see his daughter alive again.
& # 39; I'm not doing so well, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I just hope we can find her, but it looks like it's going to be difficult.
Police officers are scanning the waves today as they continue to search for Miss Bambridge, despite declining hope
Soldiers and divers in a rubber boat go on the sea during the search from Koh Rong
The bag contained the phone, the watch, the wallet, the credit card and medicines from the Brit
& # 39; I am not (optimistic) unless a miracle happens. I hope a miracle happens, but I don't think we'll see her.
& # 39; I spoke to her (before her trip) about safety, security, safety, safety. And she had something like "Yes," she knew that all. She was always reliable, turned on.
& # 39; But I still think she has broken her own rules. She had her safety rules, and she slipped them, and she has now paid the ultimate price. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Amelia 's sister Georgie explained how she & # 39; the best time ever & # 39; had had in Cambodia after years of dreaming of the trip.
& # 39; She went to the Police Beach party on Wednesday night – the last time I spoke to her was Wednesday during the day, & # 39; said Georgie.
& # 39; She said it did so much for her self-confidence and she found so many people who were friendly. She said, "Everyone here is so cool" and couldn't be happier.
& # 39; She has saved for the past two years and has spent the last year reading travelers' blogs and researching what she will do. & # 39;
Miss Bambridge (photo in the United Kingdom) had been dreaming of her trip to Asia for several years
Cambodian volunteers look for missing British woman Amelia Bambridge on the island of Koh Rong in the province of Sihanoukville
A Cambodian police officer peers over the side of his boat while the search continues today
Her family said her journey to Asia began on September 27 when she flew to Vietnam.
Georgie said her sister & # 39; would never drink too much & # 39; and & # 39; was always in control & # 39 ;, and added: & # 39; She would always take care of me, it is not like she is not taking care of herself. & # 39;
The family heard of her disappearance when she did not check out from her hostel, with her passport in her room.
Koh Rong, approximately 15 miles off the coast in the Gulf of Thailand, has an area of approximately 30 square miles.
It is a two-hour boat ride from the coast and attracts budget travelers with its cheap guest houses, beach bars and idyllic beaches.
Amelia Bambridge, 21, has been missing in Cambodia since Wednesday last week when she and other tourists attended a beach party
Images taken of missing British mid-year student Amelia on the night she was missing was released by her sister in a desperate attempt to help her find
On Sunday evening, images of the mid-year student who hours before she disappeared were released by her family in a desperate attempt to help her find her.
A video shows Amelia around a fire with friends before she probably left in the early hours of Thursday.
Her mother Linda Schultes, 52, traveled from Worthing to Cambodia and was informed on Sunday about the search by the police.
Her brother Harry arrived in the country on Sunday to help those looking for the missing backpacker.
A Cambodian officer looks out for the sea during the search on Tuesday
Cambodian soldiers jump rocks after offering prayers hoping to find the British national Amelia Bambridge on the coast of the island of Koh Rong
Miss Bambridge pictured during an earlier trip for the Charles Bridge in Prague
The island has undergone a development in lockstep with the construction and casino tree in nearby Sihanoukville, thanks to an influx of cash from Chinese investors.
Although it is generally seen as a safe landing place for tourists traveling through Southeast Asia, Cambodia has made headlines in the past for serious crimes involving foreigners.
A Cambodian court last week accused three men of raping a French tourist in the coastal province of Kampot after offering her a ride in their car.
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