Amelia Bambridge’s aunt says she is afraid that the British backpacker is being held by human traffickers
The aunt of missing Amelia Bambridge has expressed the fear that the British backpacker will be detained by traffickers in Cambodia.
Johanna O & # 39; Flaherty said she was holding to hope that Amelia was still alive, but said she was afraid that the 21-year-old in & # 39; captivity & # 39; used to be.
Today the Miss Bambridge family boarded speed boats to continue their search on the Cambodian island where they disappeared six days ago.
More than 100 military, naval and police personnel, as well as volunteers and family members, comb the waters and dense jungle, but so far no trace of her has been found.
Concerned: Johanna O & # 39; Flaherty (photo), the aunt of missing Amelia Bambridge, said she feared her cousin had been abducted and detained by traffickers
Missing: British backpacker Amelia Bambridge (pictured on a family photo) was last seen at a beach party on Wednesday night and did not leave her hostel the next morning
Search: Amelia Bambridge relatives leave on a boat today to continue their search on the island of Koh Rong in Cambodia
Concerned: Amelia & # 39; s father Phil Bambridge, pictured on a speedboat today, has also expressed the fear that the 21-year-old backpacker has been abducted
Speak against KSNV in Las Vegas, where she is a psychologist, Mrs. O & Flaherty said she had helped many trauma survivors in her work, but never thought it would happen to our family & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I think it is very likely that she will be in captivity, & # 39; said Aunt Miss Bambridge.
& # 39; I believe she was abducted, and there is a good possibility that it is for human trafficking. & # 39;
Mrs. Bambridge's brother helps the search and Mrs. O & # 39; Flaherty said he was a former army paratrooper with & # 39; very good training & # 39 ;.
She also compared Amelia & # 39; s disappearance with that of Natalee Holloway, an American teenager who disappeared in the Caribbean in 2005 and has never been found.
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
Amelia & # 39; s family members scrambled to the island to help with the investigation and commuted between Sihanoukville and Koh Rong as the search became more intense.
After cracking the password for her Instagram account, they regularly posted updates to encourage other travelers on the island to provide information.
& # 39; Where are you Amelia, we miss you so much, & # 39; Sister Sharon Schultes posted on Facebook. & # 39; FIND OUR AMELIA. & # 39;
Brother Harry Bambridge said: & # 39; We will not stop until she is found. & # 39;
While her brother and father jumped on a speedboat, her mother joined a police dog team to find a jungle at the final sighting.
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.
Last night the police questioned six Cambodian men, but no charges had been filed against them.
The six people surveyed work in restaurants, hotels, and guest houses on the island, officials said.
The police had received a letter from some Western visitors that in the past the men had acted poorly towards foreign tourists, especially women.
& # 39; They are being interrogated, & # 39; said provincial deputy police chief Nop Panha. & # 39; We are not yet drawing any conclusions. & # 39;
Rescue operation: Amelia Bambridge relatives leave on a boat today while continuing a search involving more than 100 people
A naval patrol boat leaves today to continue the search for Amelia Bambridge that has not been seen since she went to a beach party on Wednesday evening
A military boat (right) takes part in the search along with the boat (background) that Amelia & # 39; s family members carry while the search continues on Wednesday
Amelia & # 39; s brother Harry Bambridge (right) is sitting on a speedboat before he leaves today to look for her. The aunt of the missing Briton said that Harry was a trained army parachutist
Cambodian provincial police officers stop a fishing boat during the search for the backpacker
Proof: the Brit's phone, watch, wallet, credit card, and medication were found in a bag the morning after she disappeared
Images of the intermediate year student who hours before she was gone were released by her family in a desperate attempt to help her find
But another high-ranking police source said that & # 39; little hope & # 39; was that Bambridge would be found alive after a day-long hunt that gave her few clues.
& # 39; We are now looking for an instance, & # 39; said the official, who is part of the search party, and asks for anonymity.
Miss Bambridge, from Worthing, West Sussex, was last seen at a beach party on the island on Wednesday night.
Staff on the private beach found her urple backpack the next morning, containing her wallet, phone, and bank cards.
Her family was informed of her disappearance when she didn't check out at the Nest Beach Club hostel the next morning. Her passport was still at the hostel.
Governor Koh Rong Noun Bunthol said the last outing in the waters of the Gulf of Thailand was based on a tip from a fisherman.
& # 39; We took the family members to an area where a fisherman indicated that he saw a body floating, but we saw nothing & # 39 ;, said Noun Bunthol.
He added that the search continued further north toward the Thai border.
Nak Phong, the fisherman who reported the tip and went on a search with them, said that on October 27 he had seen a body in the waters that floated about 25 miles from the coast.
The crew of a Cambodian naval patrol boat searches for missing British national Amelia Bambridge on the coast of Koh Rong island last night
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.
Miss Bambridge pictured during an earlier trip for the Charles Bridge in Prague
& # 39; I didn't know if the body was a foreigner or not – I didn't dare come any closer, & # 39; he said.
Police chief Chuon Narin said Tuesday that the search has been extended to nearby islands and further offshore in the Gulf of Thailand.
& # 39; We have decided that the search mission will not be ended until we find her alive, or her body if she has died, & # 39; he said.
He added that local fishermen and neighboring provinces in southwestern Cambodia are being alerted.
Mrs. Bambridge & # 39; s father Phil Bambridge, who has traveled to the island, popular with backpackers, said yesterday that he fears she has been abducted.
He said to Sky News on Monday: & I don't think she had an accident. If she had had an accident, she would have been found. & # 39;
Mr. Bambridge said that after viewing CCTV, he believed she had lost the interior.
During a telephone conversation with her younger sister Georgie on Wednesday, Miss Bambridge said that her first solo trip & # 39; did so much for her self-confidence & # 39; and that they & # 39; the best time ever & # 39; had.
Amelia, who saved two years before the trip by working at Lloyds bank, left on September 27 and first flew to Vietnam.
Koh Rong, a small island about 130 miles from the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, is popular with backpackers because of the crystal clear waters and sandy coves.
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