Anti-allergy drugs found in Bali hotel
Indonesian police discover 29 different medications in the hotel room of Noelene and Yvana Bischoff. Nine News.PT1M44S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-30ga3 620 349 January 8, 2014
Noelene Bischoff was a seasoned traveller, ready to defeat any travel bug with a toiletry bag full of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Indonesian police investigating the sudden deaths of the Sunshine Coast mother and her 14-year-old daughter, Yvana Jeana Yuri Bischoff, have revealed they uncovered 30 different medications in the pair's room at Padang Bai Beach Resort in East Bali.
The mother and daughter mysteriously died early on Saturday after suffering a violent illness within 24 hours of starting their holiday. Local authorities speculated food poisoning or anaphylaxis.
Noelene Bischoff, 54, and her daughter, Yvan Jeana Yuri Bischoff.
The criminal investigation chief in Karangasem, Adnan Pandibu, said drugs in the hotel room included three anti-allergens, a strip of antihistamine tablets, paracetamol, eye and ear drops, anti-nausea and stomach drugs, asthma medications, a sedative and an antidepressant.
"We found many drugs in the room of the victims, about 30,” he said. “The drugs are currently being examined in the laboratory for forensic identification.”
Two types of Indonesian anti-allergy medications were found in the room, including a 10-mililitre ampoule of Camidryl for use as an injection. Over-the-counter items included Nurofen, Immodium, Hydralyte and Bloom's Tri-Magnesium Citrate supplement.
The police expect to receive test results in a week.
The taxi driver who transported Noelene and Yvana to and from Warung Dewa Malen restaurant in Ubud on Friday has been questioned by police. But Mr Pangibu emphasised the purpose of the questioning was for the police to retrace the movement's of the pair before their deaths.
The driver is not a suspect, he said.
Liberal MP Mal Brough, now the Bischoff family's spokesman, said the variety of prescription and non-prescription medications in Noelene's bag was not a surprise for the family.
He indicated the family wanted speculation about the deaths to end and for the investigation to be allowed to run its course.
‘‘It can be very hurtful at times when no one needs to be,’’ Mr Brough said.
‘‘Noelene’s a nurse and she could well be just well-prepared for any contingency, going to another country."
Noelene was a managing nurse at Caloundra Hospital on the Sunshine Coast, and “a triple certificate nursing sister with a master's degree and a bachelor of clinical medicine,” her sister-in-law, Keryn Bischoff, told Fairfax Media. She had previously worked at hospitals in Ipswich and Toowoomba.
Queensland's acting Attorney-General, David Crisafulli said the Queensland Coroner, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading, had formally approached the Indonesian government to make arrangements for the bodies to be returned home.
“At this stage all parties are willing to make that occur,” he said.
But the family has yet to decide whether a relative will fly to Bali to accompany the bodies home, or whether they will accept an offer from Virgin Australia to fly them to Queensland free of charge, a family spokesman said.
It is not clear when the bodies will be returned.
Antar Bangsa Funeral Service, which specialises in repatriating the bodies of foreign nationals who die in Bali, confirmed it has been contacted by Australian authorities about the Bischoffs.
“We are still waiting for confirmation about this operation,” spokesman Agus Prababe said.
A staff member of the forensics department at Sanglah Hospital, where the bodies are being kept, said on Wednesday at midday Sydney time that they had not received word from the Australian consulate nor Bali police about the bodies returning home.
The office of the state Coroner said a specific coroner had not been appointed to handle the case of Noelene and Yvana Bischoff.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading said consular officials were ensuring the desires of the Bischoff family were being properly conveyed to Balinese authorities and that the family had the correct information on which to make decisions.