Family of British backpacker who drowned believe her drink was spiked

Family of British backpacker Amelia Bambridge, 21, who drowned in sea off Cambodia believe her drink was ‘spiked’ with date rape drug GHB at beach party before he death

  • Amelia, from Sussex, went missing while backpacking in Asia in October 2019
  • Her body was found in sea a week later and authorities ruled she had drowned
  • After having her remains shipped home, family requested toxicology reports
  • Tests showed 21-year-old had GHB, ecstasy and hallucinogen MDA in her system
  • Mother Linda Schultes requested Cambodian authorities reopen investigation 

A British backpacker who died in Cambodia last year had drugs in her system prompting her family to question whether she was spiked before her death.

Amelia Bambridge, 21, disappeared after attending a beach party on the Cambodian island of Koh Rong in October last year.

Her body was discovered floating in the Gulf of Thailand roughly 60 miles away days later and a post-mortem determined that she had drowned.

Toxicology tests carried out on the remains of British backpacker Amelia Bambridge (pictured) revealed she had drugs in her system when she died sparking fears her drinks were spiked

Mother Linda Schultes, 53, believes her daughter would never have taken drugs willingly

Her family had her body cremated and her ashes flown back to the UK where they requested toxicology tests be carried out, according to the Mirror.

The tests revealed Amelia, who was on a gap year, had the date rape drug GHB as well as ecstasy and the hallucinogenic drug MDA in her system.

The revelation has sparked concerns she was drugged at the time of her death as mother Linda insists she would not have taken drugs.

The mother-of-six, from Worthing, Sussex, told the Mirror: ‘I am convinced there was some sort of cover-up. Amelia wasn’t a drug user, she didn’t take party drugs in the UK.

‘She was so sensible she never drank to the point she didn’t know what she was doing.

‘I think her drink was spiked. I think it made her feel unwell and she went down to the rocks to sit for a while and was either swept away or fainted.

Amelia was staying at a hostel, the Nest Beach Club. Her handbag – which contained her purse, phone and bank cards – was found on a beach 40 minutes away where she had been at a party

A map showing where Amelia Bambridge was last seen on October 23 and the approximate location where her body was found floating in the sea in the Gulf of Thailand a week later

‘We don’t know what happens on these islands. There’s no police station on Koh Rong, no emergency services, nothing but hostels promoting beach parties.’

Amelia was first reported missing on October 24 after some of her belongings were found on rocks near the party she had attended.

Amelia Bambridge, from Worthing, has disappeared while travelling alone through dense forests in Cambodia

Staff at the private beach venue found her purple rucksack, containing her purse, phone and bank cards, the morning after the beach party. 

Her family were alerted to her disappearance when she did not check out of the Nest Beach Club hostel that day.  

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’s mother, father and brother Harry scrambled to the island to help with the investigation and were shuttling between Sihanoukville and Koh Rong while the search continued. 

Her body was discovered near another island, Koh Chhlam, close to Cambodia’s maritime border with Thailand. 

Authorities were tipped off by fishermen who saw the body floating among rocks on a week later. 

Police concluded it was 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.

Six men were questioned over her death but were later released without charge. 

Amelia (pictured left alongside sister Georgie, right) had been dreaming of the trip for years and had sent messages home gushing about her experiences before she went missing

Search and rescue teams retrieve the body of missing British backpacker Amelia Bambridge after it was discovered near the Thai border a week after her disappearance from Koh Rong

Mother Linda Schultes, who claims the Cambodian police did not investigate her daughter’s death properly, told the Mirror she did not believe Amelia would have taken any drugs willingly.

The family have reportedly sent the toxicology test results to Cambodian authorities and requested the investigation be reopened but have heard nothing back. 

Amelia, who saved for the trip for two years by working at Lloyds bank, set off on September 27 and flew 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, a small island some 130 miles from the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, is popular with backpackers for its crystal waters and sandy coves. 

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