Female backpacker from West Sussex goes missing in Cambodia

A BRITISH backpacker missing in Cambodia was ‘living out her dream’ and having the ‘best time ever’ her sister has said.

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Lucie Blackman Trust/PA Wire

Amelia Bambridge, 21, from Worthing, West Sussex, was last seen on the island of Koh Rong late on Wednesday night.

Staff at Police Beach, a private venue that stages regular events, found Ms Bambridge's purple rucksack, containing her purse, phone and bank cards, the following morning.

During a phone call with her younger sister, Georgie, on Wednesday, Amelia said her first solo trip was "doing so much for her confidence" and she was having ‘the best time ever’.

Georgie Bambridge told Sky News: ‘She said 'everyone is so cool here' and couldn't be happier.

‘She's literally wanted to go travelling her whole life.

‘She has spent the past two years saving for it and spent the last year reading blogs of travellers, researching what she was going to do.

‘She knew everything and was living out her dream - she was happy.’

Ms Bambridge said her ‘role model’ sister ‘would never drink to excess’.

Amelia set off on her trip on September 27, when she flew to Vietnam, her family said.

They were alerted to her disappearance after she failed to check out of the Nest Beach Club hostel.

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Her passport remained at the hostel.

Local volunteers and Cambodian police have scoured the shoreline and jungle for the missing backpacker, and Ms Bambridge's family are also heading to Koh Rong to assist.