November 20, 2017

Briton and Canadian friend found dead in Cambodian hostel


The mother of a British backpacker has revealed the tragic last texts from her daughter who died in a Cambodian hostel along with her Canadian friend after they took medicine for a stomach upset. 

Briton Natalie Jade Seymour, 22, and her 27-year-old friend Abbey Gail Amisola were found dead in the Monkey Republic Guest House in the south western city of Kampot.

The friends are believed to have died after taking tablets they bought at a chemist after feeling unwell, Natalie’s mother Wendy Bowler revealed.

Speaking from her home in Shefford, Bedfordshire, Wendy, 60, said her daughter had only recently texted her to say she was ‘wasn’t well’ and ‘might go and get something to make her feel better’. 

Briton Natalie Jade Seymour (pictured), 22 and 27-year-old Abbey Gail Amisola from Canada, were found dead in the Monkey Republic Guest House in Kampot

Briton Natalie Jade Seymour (pictured), 22 and 27-year-old Abbey Gail Amisola from Canada, were found dead in the Monkey Republic Guest House in Kampot

Briton Natalie Jade Seymour (pictured), 22 and 27-year-old Abbey Gail Amisola from Canada, were found dead in the Monkey Republic Guest House in Kampot

Briton Natalie Jade Seymour (pictured), 22 and 27-year-old Abbey Gail Amisola from Canada, were found dead in the Monkey Republic Guest House in Kampot

Briton Natalie Jade Seymour (pictured), 22 and 27-year-old Abbey Gail Amisola from Canada, were found dead in the Monkey Republic Guest House in Kampot

Cambodia's Department of Immigration said preliminary investigations found Ms Seymour and Ms Amisola (pictured) had been 'suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting'

Cambodia's Department of Immigration said preliminary investigations found Ms Seymour and Ms Amisola (pictured) had been 'suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting'

Cambodia’s Department of Immigration said preliminary investigations found Ms Seymour and Ms Amisola (pictured) had been ‘suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting’

Natalie Jade Seymour (right) and Abbey Gail Amisola (right) are believed to have died after taking tablets they bought at a chemist after feeling unwell, Natalie's mother Wendy Bowler, 60, revealed. She said Natalie had left the UK last week to meet Abbey who she met last year in Bali

Natalie Jade Seymour (right) and Abbey Gail Amisola (right) are believed to have died after taking tablets they bought at a chemist after feeling unwell, Natalie's mother Wendy Bowler, 60, revealed. She said Natalie had left the UK last week to meet Abbey who she met last year in Bali

Natalie Jade Seymour (right) and Abbey Gail Amisola (right) are believed to have died after taking tablets they bought at a chemist after feeling unwell, Natalie’s mother Wendy Bowler, 60, revealed. She said Natalie had left the UK last week to meet Abbey who she met last year in Bali

They were reportedly found dead at the hostel (pictured) in Kampot, Cambodia, this morning

They were reportedly found dead at the hostel (pictured) in Kampot, Cambodia, this morning

They were reportedly found dead at the hostel (pictured) in Kampot, Cambodia, this morning

The pair were suffering from symptoms of food poisoning and are understood to have gone to a medical centre to buy medication before going back to bed.

Natalie’s mother said she last heard from her daughter via a Whatsapp message, before police called at her home this morning with the news.

Wendy said: ‘My daughter had already told me she wasn’t well and said she might go and get something to make her feel better.

‘The hotel manager was going up and down with drinks and told them they should go to a medical centre.

‘They decided to sleep it off but never woke up again, or that’s what I hoped. And then they were found by, I don’t know.

‘At the minute, bodies are in the morgue, and they’ll be sent over, she’ll be over but it could take up to three days.

‘I don’t know if they’ll want an autopsy to determine cause of death, because nobody knows.

‘The police came here and told me this morning at 5 o’clock, I had no idea.’

Wendy was speaking from her home in Shefford, Bedfordshire, where she was being supported by other relatives.

Canadian Abbey Gail Amisola and Briton Natalie Jade Seymour (pictured) were rushed to Kampot provincial hospital but they could not be revived

Canadian Abbey Gail Amisola and Briton Natalie Jade Seymour (pictured) were rushed to Kampot provincial hospital but they could not be revived

Canadian Abbey Gail Amisola and Briton Natalie Jade Seymour (pictured) were rushed to Kampot provincial hospital but they could not be revived

They told how Natalie had left the UK last week to meet Abbey Amisola who she met last year in Bali.

She did not know when she was due to return home and had booked a one-way ticket with no fixed plans.

Natalie’s mother added: ‘She was staying in the Monkey Republic Guesthouse with her friend, they were doing all these sight-seeing things, she loved all that sort of stuff.

‘She told us everyday where she was going to be going and what she was going to be doing, she always really wanted to travel and just wanted a break from work.’

A close female family member added: ‘She was just away having a good, innocent time, and until she is flown back here and with us, there isn’t really much to say.’

‘It’s all very raw just now, it’s all new.’ 

It is understood the women were found by a shocked staff member who raised the alarm.

Local reports suggested Ms Seymour and her Canadian friend Abbey Gail Amisola had already passed away when they were found in the hostel. Ms Seymour posted a picture (above) of her on a boat trip to the island of Koh Thonsáy just three days ago

Local reports suggested Ms Seymour and her Canadian friend Abbey Gail Amisola had already passed away when they were found in the hostel. Ms Seymour posted a picture (above) of her on a boat trip to the island of Koh Thonsáy just three days ago

Local reports suggested Ms Seymour and her Canadian friend Abbey Gail Amisola had already passed away when they were found in the hostel. Ms Seymour posted a picture (above) of her on a boat trip to the island of Koh Thonsáy just three days ago

They were rushed to Kampot provincial hospital but they could not be revived. Local reports suggested they had already passed away when found in the hostel.

A forensic examination was being prepared to establish the exact cause of death.

A member of the management of the Monkey Republic Hostel told MailOnline: ‘We are all deeply shocked and very sad for the families and friends of these two very nice women.

‘It seems they were very close friends who were travelling together. They arrived together and went around together.

‘This is now in the hands of the police but there is nothing suspicious about their deaths.

‘One of the staff saw them last night and asked if they were going to eat in the restaurant, but they said they weren’t going to be eating. They did have a lot of water in their room. Everyone is very upset about it.’ 

Photos supplied by authorities at the scene appear to show medication on the floor of the hostel room 

Photos supplied by authorities at the scene appear to show medication on the floor of the hostel room 

Photos supplied by authorities at the scene appear to show medication on the floor of the hostel room 

Police are pictured by the beds at the Monkey Republic Hostel where the two women were staying

Police are pictured by the beds at the Monkey Republic Hostel where the two women were staying

Police are pictured by the beds at the Monkey Republic Hostel where the two women were staying

Photos on Ms Seymour’s Instagram account show she had been travelling in the country recently and she had posted a picture of herself on a boat near Koh Thonsáy island off the Cambodian coast just three days ago.

Separate pictures show her travelling across Indonesia, including trips to paradise islands Bali and Gili Trawangan.

Before setting off on her travels, Natalie worked for telecommunications equipment company Mayflex in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, who were today unavailable for comment.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson told MailOnline today: ‘We are supporting the family of a British woman who has died in Cambodia, and are in contact with the local authorities investigating her death.’

Provincial police chief of Kampot, Mao Chanmathurith, told MailOnline the representing embassies had been informed of the deaths this morning.

Long Youpheng, political and public diplomacy officer at the UK embassy in Cambodia said: ‘At the embassy we are aware of this case and our consular team is working out on possible supports and we are conducting further study in this case.’



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