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British backpacker and Canadian friend found dead in Cambodian hostel

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 6 days ago By Nicola Smith
Natalie Jade Seymour, 22, from Bedfordshire, U.K., died alongside Canadian Abbey Gail Amisola, 27. © Instagram/Facebook Natalie Jade Seymour, 22, from Bedfordshire, U.K., died alongside Canadian Abbey Gail Amisola, 27.

A British backpacker and her Canadian friend have been found dead in a guesthouse in Cambodia. It is suspected that they may have taken over-the-counter medicine and their deaths are now under investigation.

Natalie Jade Seymour, 22, from Bedfordshire, died alongside Canadian, Abbey Gail Amisola, 27, from Winipeg. Their bodies were found on Tuesday at the Monkey Republic Guest House in the south western city of Kampot.

It is believed they may have taken the medicine after falling ill. Cambodia’s Department of Immigration said preliminary investigations had found that they had been suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting, reported MailOnline.

The young women were reportedly found by shocked staff who rushed them to Kampot provincial hospital, but they could not be revived. A forensic examination is being prepared to determine the exact cause of death.

A spokesperson for the guesthouse told that the Mail that they were “very nice women” and very close friends who were travelling together.

“This is now in the hands of the police but there is nothing suspicious about their deaths,” said the manager.

The news of the tragedy was first reported on the Cambodian Expatriates website, which published a copy of their passports on a post that was later taken down.

It also displayed unverified pictures of the scene, which appeared to show medication lying on the floor of the hostel room.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed it was supporting the family of a British woman who had died and was in contact with the local authorities investigating her death.

Ms Seymour had posted pictures of her travels on her social media accounts, including a day out to Koh Thonsay island, in the Gulf of Thailand three days ago.

In September she posted pictures of herself on the Indonesian islands of Bali and Gili Trawangan, and her Twitter account suggested a love for foreign travel.

“Figuring out where I want to travel to is so hard because I want to go everywhere and do everything,” she wrote, In one of her last poignant tweets earlier this month.

“Anybody wanna road trip America? Hiking in the Amazon forest? Inter rail Europe? Work in Australia? Work in Hong Kong? And the list goes on.”

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