Amelia Bambridge’s pal has revealed he does not believe the missing Brit backpacker is dead.
Fears are growing for 21-year-old Amelia from Worthing who disappeared last Wednesday after being seen on Police Beach, a nightspot popular with tourists on the island of Koh Rong in the south of the country.
And while 200 army, navy and police personnel scoured the island on Tuesday, one police official revealed his diminishing hopes, saying: “We are looking for a body now.”
But pal Ryan Harris who raised the alarm when Amelia vanished said he doesn’t think the young traveller is dead.
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Mr Harris, who has traveled to Cambodia to help with the search, revealed on social media: “At no point has it been said that they are ‘looking for a body’. It’s fake news.”
It comes just days after six men were arrested in connection with Amelia’s disappearance.
One police chief revealed: "We are looking for a body now."
Provincial deputy police chief Nop Panha said: "They are being questioned. We are not drawing any conclusions yet."
Amelia, 21, was last seen at a beach party on the Cambodian island of Koh Rong on Thursday morning.
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Her family members have flown out to the country to assist the search.
Her heartbroken dad, Phil Bambridge, said he believed she had been kidnapped.
Phil said: "I don't think she's had an accident. If she'd just had an accident, she'd have been found by now."
He also reviewed CCTV footage of his daughter leaving her hotel at 2am to go to the beach party, to clarify conflicting timings provided by the authorities.
He told Sky News: "We were getting conflicting times of when she got there.
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"I don't think she's in the sea, I think she's inland somewhere.
"I think someone's taken her."
He added: "I'm not doing very well. I just hope we can find her, but it seems like it's going to be difficult."
Amelia left for travelling on September 27 and flew to Vietnam.
Yesterday, around 150 people were split into two groups searching the ocean and jungle.
Her sister, Georgie Bambridge, said: "She went to the Police Beach party on Wednesday night – the last time I spoke to her was Wednesday daytime.
"She said it was doing so much for her confidence and she found so many people who were friendly. She said 'Everyone is so cool here' and couldn't be happier."
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"She went to the Police Beach party on Wednesday night – the last time I spoke to her was Wednesday daytime.
"She said it was doing so much for her confidence and she found so many people who were friendly.
"She said 'Everyone is so cool here' and couldn't be happier."
"I just don't know what's happened."
Friends reported Amelia's "out-of-character" disappearance after her belongings were found on a beach.
Ryan Harris said "alarm bells started" when she could not be found after the party.
"She always sticks with the group. She never wanders off on her own," he said.
Mr Harris said Koh Rong was "quite a small island" which someone could walk around in two or three hours.
"You might lose your friend after a night out but you'll see them in 20 minutes or you might see them the next morning," he said.
Mr Harris, who said he was on a neighbouring island with another group at the time of the party, said volunteers had come together to search for his friend.
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