Police have statements from 48 people as part of Dutch model probe

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have recorded statements from 48 people to facilitate investigations into the incident where Dutch model Ivana Esther Robert Smit was found dead on the sixth floor of a condominium here.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Commissioner Datuk Mazlan Lazim said the individuals comprised those from the condominium management staff, family members, security guards, pathologists, Ivana's friends, and the entertainment outlet management staff where she allegedly went for an outing.

"Police have also screened through all the closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) system footage from various locations where the 19-year-old victim was last seen before the incident," he said today.

Mazlan has also reaffirmed that the case has been classified as a sudden death and that police are still waiting for her post-moterm report from Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

"Police hope that the public will cooperate with the investigation and would not speculate unwanted information that would jeopardize the probe.

"We urge anyone with information including her acquaintances that can help in the case to come forward and contact investigative officer ASP Faizal Abdullah at 012-4834439 or Dang Wangi district CID chief DSP M. Gunalan at 019-3114418," he added.

In the Dec 7 incident, Ivana was found dead on the balcony of the sixth floor of an apartment building in Jalan Dang Wangi, where she had stayed with an American man and his wife from Kazakhstan on the 20th floor.

Earlier, she was reported to have gone out to the entertainment outlet with the couple.

Ivana, who had dual Dutch and Belgian citizenship, was the second runner-up in the Malaysia Supermodel Search 2014 when she was 15 years old.

It was reported that Ivana's family is believed to have left Malaysia.

According to a close friend of the family, who wants to be known only as Bart, Ivana's parents and brother left for the Netherlands via KLIA at 7.55pm on Friday.