Naked model's death in Malaysia was a crime, private detective concludes
The private detective hired by Ivana Smit's parents to investigate her death in Malaysia in December, has completed his investigation. The 18-year-old Dutch model's death must be treated as a crime, private detective Mark Williams-Thomas concluded, RTL Nieuws reports.
Williams-Thomas' report will not be made public, Sebas Diekstra, the lawyer representing Ivana's family, said to the broadcaster. "In the interest of the investigation, details from the investigation report will not be published for the time being. The report also contains privacy-sensitive information and possibly even perpetrator knowledge", the lawyer said.
Ivana's naked body was found on a sixth floor balcony of a skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur early in December. She had fallen from an American couple's apartment on the 20th floor. She went home with them after a night out.
The Malaysian authorities concluded that her death was a tragic accident. Ivana's family did not believe it and hired a private detective. Surveillance camera footage that surfaced during the investigation showed the American man carrying Ivana out of a night club. Dutch pathologist Frank van der Groot also did an autopsy on the young woman's body and concluded that she was already injured before her fall.
The Public Prosecutor started an exploratory investigation into Ivana's death late in December, according to the broadcaster.