Dutch model Ivana Smit’s family’s convinced there was foul play involved when the naked 18-year-old fell from a Malaysia apartment building. We have the details here.
Ivana Smit, 18, was discovered dead on a sixth-floor balcony at an apartment building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after falling from an American couple’s 20th-floor suite, according to local police. The Dutch teen, one of the leading models in Malaysia, was reportedly partying with the couple the night before her body was discovered. Ivana reportedly fell from the balcony around 10:00am local time, but her body wasn’t found until 3:00pm. She was naked, and reportedly had alcohol and ecstasy in her system.
When questioned, the American couple, who haven’t been named, told police that they didn’t know what happened. Ivana, who had lived in the country for the past 13 years with her grandfather, allegedly arrived at the couple’s apartment around 5:00am after partying together, according to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, and didn’t notice when she went missing. The husband, reportedly a cryptocurrency dealer, said that he was asleep between 10:00am and 3:00pm. The mother said she had taken their child to school, returned home, and didn’t notice anything amiss.
But Ivana’s father,Marcel Smit, thinks that there’s more to this story. He’s questioning how the couple didn’t think anything was weird when Ivana’s clothes and her bag were still in the apartment! He believes that there’s foul play involved in her death. Ivana was found with bruises around her neck that he insists are consistent with someone allegedly choking her. Yet, officials state that her death was accidental, that she simply fell from the balcony. While her clothes and bag were in the couple’s apartment, her underwear and shoes reportedly haven’t been found.
“Very strange that the American couple does nothing from 10am to 3pm. Ivana’s belongings were still in their apartment. The police tell me that the statements of the Americans are the same,” Marcel told Algemeen Dagblad. “Yes, of course: they had seven hours to coordinate them. My daughter can no longer contradict them. At 10.00 hours she would have fallen from the balcony at 20 high. How is that possible? She is tall, 1.81 meters, but the balustrade is also 1.20 meters. Only when you bend over, do you fall off. She did not fall and did not jump either.”
Marcel, Ivana’s mother, and her brother have traveled to Malaysia to demand Interpol investigate her death. Her grandfather, Hendrik Smit, lives in the country. He’s skeptical about the circumstances of her death, as is her uncle, Fred Agenjo. “The police do not look at her mobile phone,” he told AD. “The police do not want to say whether the drugs were taken when [she was] alive. We want a full investigation.”
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with Ivana’s family during this difficult time.