An 18-year-old model has died under ‘mysterious circumstances’ in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
Ivana Smit was found dead on a sixth floor balcony of the Persiaran Capsquare block in Kuala Lumpur amid reports she fell from a 20th floor apartment after a party.
Local police are insisting there are ‘no criminal elements’ to the death, though members of her family are insisting on an investigation.
The young woman has been working in fashion shows for Chanel and other clothing brands, and was said to be out partying on the night of her death last Thursday.
While no criminal elements were reportedly present at the crime scene, Ivana’s mother, father and brother have now arrived in Malaysia to demand a full investigation into just what happened, according to the Daily Mail.
Ivana’s grandfather Fredrik Smit, who lives in Penang in Malaysia said:
We cannot believe she fell from level 20 and the body was found at level 6. She was found there naked. Where are her shoes and underwear?
We believe there is a criminal element in Ivana’s death. Of course we don’t believe the story from the police because they can’t give us photographs or a report from the scene.
Ivana’s father has contacted the Dutch ambassador and Interpol.
Ivana’s father Marcel Smit said that Ivana sent her boyfriend a message and a selfie at 7.25am, and she is thought to have fallen at around 10am that morning.
She was not found until two or three in the afternoon on Thursday.
Marcel told Dutch media:
At about 10am she would have fallen from the balcony at 20 floors high. How is that possible? It is strange that she was not found until 3pm.
She is tall, 1.81metres, but the barrier is also 1.20 metres. Only when you bend over do you fall off.
She did not fall and she did not jump either.
Marcel has alleged that the Malaysian police are looking to ‘close the case quickly’, despite the fact that neighbours reportedly heard sounds of an argument.
It has been reported that alcohol and ecstasy were found in the blood of Ivana, but the time of their administration is not clear.
Ivana’s uncle Fred Agenjo said:
Those are not drugs that you’re going to sleep on. There are so many questions.
Her clothes have been found, but her shoes and underwear are not. The police do not look at her mobile phone. The police do not want to say whether the drugs were taken when they were alive.
We want a full investigation.
Ivana has made Malaysia for 13 years, living with her grandfather Fredrik while there and becoming a leading model in the country.
Despite the protestations of the family members, Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commissioner Shaharuddin Abdullah said the case was a matter of ‘sudden death’.
He has appealed to witnesses for any more information on the death.
Our investigations so far and the post-mortem report show no elements of foul play.
No matter the outcome of the investigation, our thoughts are with the friends and family of Ivana at this difficult time.