‘Next round’s on me when we meet again in heaven’
Touching tribute paid by Amelia Bambridge’s brother after the British backpacker’s body was found earlier today (Thursday) floating in the sea off of Cambodia.
Following our earlier breaking news, more details have come in surrounding this heartbreaking incident.
Amelia Bambridge was reported missing on October 23 after attending a party on the island of Koh Rong. Her body was found today in the sea near the Thai border, some 30 miles from where she disappeared.
Authorities were alerted by a local fishermen who saw the body floating among rocks earlier today. The body was identified as that of Miss Bambridge based on her Western appearance, a tattoo on her body and the clothes she was wearing on the night she was last seen.
Her family was with Cambodian authorities when rescuers found the body today, police said.
It was her brother Harry Bambridge who confirmed her identity when the body was taken back to the mainland for an autopsy.
‘I’ve just seen her and I can confirm it’s my little sister Amelia,’ Mr Bambridge wrote on Facebook.
‘And I’m sorry to you Amelia Bambridge, the round is on me when we meet again in heaven”
Sister Sharon Schultes joined her sibling in praising Amelia’s ‘beautiful soul’,
‘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.”
The family members had joined a huge search operation in Cambodia after Amelia, 21, was reported missing on October 24.
More than 100 army, navy and police personnel as well as volunteers and relatives had been combing the waters and dense jungle territory nearby.
Amelia, who saved for the trip for two years by working at Lloyds bank, had set off on September 27, flying first to Vietnam.
During a phone call with her younger sister Georgie on the day she vanished, Miss Bambridge said her first solo trip was ‘doing so much for her confidence’ and she was having ‘the best time ever’.
Koh Rong is a small island some 130 miles from Cambodian’s capital Phnom Penh. It’s crystal waters and sandy coves makes it a a popular location with backpackers.