Cambodian police search for British woman, 21, missing from beach

Cambodian police search for British woman, 21, missing from beach
This undated photo provided by the Sihanoukville Province Authority Police on Oct. 27, 2019, shows British national Amelia Bambridge. (AP)
Updated 30 October 2019

Cambodian police search for British woman, 21, missing from beach

Cambodian police search for British woman, 21, missing from beach
  • Britain’s Press Association reported Monday that her father, Phil Bambridge, told British broadcaster Sky News that he feared his daughter had been abducted

KOH RONG, Cambodia: Police are questioning six Cambodian men employed in tourist establishments about the disappearance of British backpacker Amelia Bambridge, an official involved in the search for the 21-year-old woman said Tuesday.
Koh Rong Gov. Noun Bunthol said the six men were in police custody for questioning about Bambridge, who hasn’t been seen since last Wednesday night when she left a beach party on Koh Rong island in southwestern Cambodia. Her bag with money and a cellphone was found on a nearby beach, and her passport was found in the room where she had been staying.
Noun Bunthol said no charges had been filed against the six, who worked at restaurants, hotels and guesthouses on the island. He said police received a note from some Western visitors saying the men had in the past acted badly toward foreign tourists, especially females.
A top Cambodian police official vowed that the search for Bambridge would not be ended until her fate was established.
“We have decided the search mission will not be ended until we find her alive, or her body if she has died,” the police chief for Preah Sihanouk province, Maj. Gen. Chuon Narin, said in a phone interview.
He said the search has been expanded to cover not only Koh Rong island, where Bambridge was last seen, and surrounding waters, but also nearby islands and farther offshore in the Gulf of Thailand.
Local fishermen and neighboring provinces in southwestern Cambodia have been alerted to pass along any information, Chuon Narin said.
There has been speculation that Bambridge may have drowned. Koh Rong commune chief Chhoeun Chantha told The Associated Press on Monday that he believed that might be the case because the authorities found her belongings on a rock close the water’s edge near the party site.
Britain’s Press Association reported Monday that her father, Phil Bambridge, told British broadcaster Sky News that he feared his daughter had been abducted.
He said he believed she had been “taken,” telling Sky News: “I don’t think she’s had an accident. If she’d had an accident she would have been found by now.”
Members of Bambridge’s family who came to Koh Rong to aid the search traveled to the mainland Tuesday to meet with Preah Sihanouk Gov. Kouch Chamroeun, but details of their discussion were not immediately available. Her family learned of her disappearance when she failed to check out from her hostel.
Koh Rong, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) offshore in the Gulf of Thailand, covers an area of about 78 square kilometers (30 square miles).


No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’

No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’
Updated 20 January 2021

No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’

No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’
  • Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison
OKLAHOMA CITY: One name missing in President Donald Trump’s flurry of pardons is “Tiger King” Joe Exotic.
His team was so confident in a pardon that they’d readied a celebratory limousine and a hair and wardrobe team to whisk away the zookeeper-turned-reality-TV-star, who is now serving a 22-year federal prison sentence in Texas. But he wasn’t on the list announced Wednesday morning.
Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison for violating federal wildlife laws and for his role in a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his chief rival, Carole Baskin, who runs a rescue sanctuary for big cats in Florida. Baskin was not harmed.
Maldonado-Passage, who has maintained his innocence, was also sentenced for killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records. A jury convicted him in April 2019.
In his pardon application filed in September, Maldonado-Passage’s attorneys argued that he was “railroaded and betrayed” by others. Maldonado-Passage, 57, is scheduled to be released from custody in 2037, but his attorneys said in the application that “he will likely die in prison” because of health concerns.
Maldonado-Passage’s legal team did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Wednesday.
The blond mullet-wearing zookeeper, known for his expletive-laden rants on YouTube and a failed 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial campaign, was prominently featured in the popular Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”