Dutch model’s body claimed by family

A representative of the family of Dutch model Ivana Smit has claimed her body, said a police source. — Picture courtesy of Instagram/Ivana Smit
A representative of the family of Dutch model Ivana Smit has claimed her body, said a police source. — Picture courtesy of Instagram/Ivana Smit

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — The body of Dutch model Ivana Smit who died under suspicious circumstances here was released to her family today, a police source confirmed.

The source said a representative of the family retrieved her body from Hospital Kuala Lumpur earlier.

“Yes. She was claimed today,” the source said briefly, without stating who from among Smit’s family had claimed her body.

Separately, online news portal DutchNews quoted the Smit family’s lawyer, Sébas Diekstra, as saying they were working to repatriate her body as soon as possible.

Yesterday, Malay Mail reported that the Smit family wrote to the Dutch foreign ministry asking it to press authorities here to release her body and information on the investigation into her death.

However, another police source told Malay Mail that authorisation for the family to collect her body was issued last week and conveyed to the Dutch embassy here.

According to DutchNews, Diekstra said they were still seeking additional information about the teen’s death.

Smit’s naked body was found on December 7 at an apartment block in the city centre, where she was believed to have fallen from the 20th floor.

She was believed to have been partying at the home of an American man and his Kazakh wife, who were both charged with drug abuse on December 11 and released this week on bail.

Her case was initially classified as sudden death, but was reopened following claims of foul play by her family.

Police then interviewed nearly 50 people, but the case is still considered sudden death.

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