Naked teen model plunges to death from 20th floor after ‘drug-fuelled swingers party'
Police said there were 'no criminal elements' to the death, but Ivana’s devastated family is crying foul
An 18-year-old model was found dead in mysterious circumstances amid reports that she plunged from a 20th floor apartment of a wealthy American “cryptocurrency trader” in Kuala Lumpur after a drug-fuelled swingers party.
Ivana Smit, a Dutch national, was naked when she fell off the building on Jalan Dang Wangi district in the Malaysian capital on the morning of December 8. While police said there were “no criminal elements” to the death, Ivana’s devastated family is suspecting foul play.
Ivana enjoyed a successful career as a model in Malaysia—she had worked in fashion shows for Chanel and other brands—after moving there with relatives when she was just five years old.
According to reports, she was on a night out with friends but returned to the apartment—which belonged to the American businessman and his Kazakhstan wife—at 5am.
Camera footage from the apartment shows Ivana entering the building with the couple around 5am. Her last communication was a selfie sent to her boyfriend around 7.25am, in which she said she had gone home with the couple after a night out. She added she was tired and wanted to go to sleep.
Several hours later, Ivana’s naked body was found after she allegedly plunged 14 floors down onto the sixth floor balcony. She is believed to have fallen at around 10am.
Police said Ivana was intoxicated at the time and blood tests revealed traces of alcohol, ecstasy and amphetamines in her system. But the time of their administration is not clear.
According to the couple in whose apartment the incident took place, nobody noticed Ivana falling from the balcony—the husband claims he was asleep at the time and the wife claims she had gone out to take their four-year-old son to school.
But Ivana's family members—who have arrived in the country—have raised many red flags in their accounts.
Ivana's father Marcel Smit told Dutch media that neighbours told him that they had heard shouting and arguments in the apartment block that morning. He also told the police that he saw blue marks resembling fingerprints round Ivana's neck when he viewed her body. He also wondered why the police were not reported about the incident until 3pm when she had allegedly plunged at 10pm—the five-hour delay is extremely concerning, he said.
“At about 10am she would have fallen from the balcony. How is that possible? It is strange that she was not found until 3pm. It’s very strange that this couple did nothing while Ivana’s things were lying in their apartment," he told reporters.
Marcel added that Ivana was 1.81m tall. "But the barrier is 1.2m high. She did not fall and did not jump either," he said. "The local police are doing nothing with that information and just want to tie up the case quickly."
Ivana's uncle, Fred Agenjo, also had said there were many unanswered questions.
“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 have not. The police did not look at her mobile phone. The police also do not want to say whether traces of sexual intercourse have been found,” the uncle told reporters.
Following the concerns raised by the family, the Dutch embassy in Malaysia has asked Interpol to investigate the case.
Ivana was living with her grandfather Hendrik Smit in Kuala Lumpur. She was the second runner-up in Malaysia Supermodel Search 2014 and a leading model in the country.
The local police said the case was 'sudden death' and appealed for more information from witnesses. "Our investigations so far and the post-mortem report show no elements of foul play," a senior police official who is part of the investigation said.
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