British and Canadian backpackers die in Cambodian hostel

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Natalie Seymour was described her as a “lively and positive young lady with bags of energy”

A British tourist and her Canadian friend have been found dead at a backpackers’ hostel in Cambodia.

Natalie Seymour, 22, from Bedfordshire, and 27-year-old Canadian Abbey Gail Amisola are understood to have been feeling unwell in the city of Kampot.

Staff at the Monkey Republic Hostel say the pair had been to a pharmacy but were found dead on Monday.

Miss Seymour’s family, from Shefford, were told of her death on Tuesday and are receiving Foreign Office support.

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Miss Seymour had been posting pictures of her travels in south east Asia

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Miss Seymour was found dead at the Monkey Republic Hostel on Monday

Dave Goode, vice principal at Samuel Whitbread Academy where Miss Seymour went to school, said: “I remember Natalie as a lively and positive young lady with bags of energy.

“She had a passion for sport and was a key part of the mixed hockey team.

“Natalie got on well with others and played an important role in working with pupils from our middle schools in a research project into attitudes to learning.

“This is terribly sad news and our thoughts and condolences go to all her family and friends.”

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Staff at the hostel are said to be “devastated by the tragic deaths”

A spokesman for the hostel said: “The staff at Monkey Republic are devastated by the tragic deaths of the two young women on Monday morning.

“They had been feeling unwell and had visited a pharmacy to get medication.

“The local police are investigating possible causes, and we’re respecting the privacy of the women’s families, who are in contact with the British and Canadian embassies.”

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Miss Seymour, who studied for a City and Guilds in beauty therapy at Bedford College, had held a number of jobs in recent years including for BT and as an account manager for Mayflex in St Neots.

More recently she worked as a freelance make-up artist.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-41996042

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