Brit backpacker, 21, was 'spiked' with date rape drug GHB before she drowned in sea off Cambodia, her family believe

Brit backpacker, 21, was 'spiked' with date rape drug GHB before she drowned in sea off Cambodia, her family believe

THE family of a Brit backpacker who drowned in the sea off Cambodia believe she was spiked with date rape drug GHB at a beach party before her death.

Tragic Amelia Bambridge, 21, was found floating in the Gulf of Thailand in October 2019.



She was last seen at a beach party on Koh Rong island at 3am on Wednesday, October 23.

Amelia was due to check out of her hostel at noon on October 25 and leave the island with a friend – but did not return to pick up her passport.

Six days later, Cambodian police announced they found Amelia's body at sea 60 miles from where she disappeared.

According to the Sunday Mirror, toxicology tests requested by the family and carried out in the UK reveal that date rape drug GHB was in her system – raising concerns her drink was spiked at the party.

GHB (gammahydroxybutrate) is used to treat narcolepsy but it can be a highly dangerous drug with sedative and anaesthetic effects, and is often used to spike the drinks of unsuspecting victims.

The tests also found party drug MDMA in her system as well as hallucinogenic drug MDA – though her family deny that she ever used party drugs. 

'MISS HER SO MUCH'

Heartbroken mum Linda, 53, told the Mirror: “We are going to miss her so, so much this year. Amelia loved Christmas and this should have been her first one back home after travelling.

“All I have is photographs of past years and it almost hurts too much to look at them. Everything is just a memory now.”

Linda says that the revelation that GHB was in her daughter’s system raised fears of a “cover-up”. 

The tests results were sent to police in Cambodia in March – but the family have heard nothing back since.

Linda said: “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.”


Police, scuba divers, government officials and Amelia’s family had joined the frantic search for the missing Brit following her disappearance.

Her body was found dead after the five-day search and a purple rucksack found near to the site of a beach party.

Amelia's family was with the authorities when they found the body floating amid some rocks off Koh Chhlam, an island in neighbouring Koh Kong province.

A post mortem initially determined the cause of Amelia’s death as drowning, and cops in Cambodia closed the file.

A spokesman for Sussex Police confirmed to the Mirror that they had helped the family organise toxicology reports.

They said: “Her family requested that samples obtained during the post mortem were provided to them.

"With the assistance of Sussex Police, who funded the toxicology tests in support of the family, the samples were examined and revealed the presence of MDMA, MDA and GHB.”

Interpol, who will pass the file on to the Cambodian authorities, were unable to comment on cases which remained “under the jurisdiction of national police authorities”.

The National Police in Cambodia declined to comment.

 

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