A petition calling for the Government to do more to support the search for missing Worthing backpacker Amelia Bambridge has already been signed hundreds of times.
It has now been almost a week since Amelia, a 21-year-old former BHASVIC student, was last seen on the Cambodian island of Koh Rong following a party.
Four of her family members have flown over to join the search party, which has spent the last few days combing the island for any trace of the backpacker.
A petition has now been started which pleads for the UK Government to do more to assist in the hunt for Amelia.
It states: “She has been missing for now nearly a week from Koh Rong Island, Cambodia, and her family are running the whole entire operation over there.”
The petition calls for more support from the Government and claims the family has been ‘without a good translator for days now’.
“This is proving difficult to transfer information to the family and we fear this could hinge our chances of safely bringing her home,” the petition reads.
“It is the duty of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to stand up for British people in need, wherever they are in the world.”
It adds: “Every minute that passes is hell for everyone around her and detrimental to her safety. Please help us find Amelia!”
More than 500 people have already signed the petition, which can be viewed here.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “Amelia’s family have our deepest sympathies at this very difficult time.
“Our staff have been providing in-person assistance to them on Koh Rong island, and maintaining close contact with the Cambodian authorities searching for Amelia.”
A vigil is due to take place at St Michaels’ church in Worthing tonight to pray for Amelia’s safe return.
The search continues on the island of Koh Rong, where drones and thermo cameras have been deployed, according to the family.
Six men were quizzed by the authorities on Monday, but no one has been charged with any offence, according to reports.
Amelia’s family are continuing to raise funds to support the search – donate to the cause here.