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Give Bali family space says MP, as medication found in room

Noelene Bischoff and daughter Yvana posing for a photo
Medication was found in the hotel room of an Australian woman and her daughter who died in Bali.
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Indonesian police have found about 30 different medicines in the hotel room of an Australian woman and her daughter who fell ill and died in Bali.

Noelene Bischoff and her daughter Yvana, 14, died on Saturday, a day after checking into the beachfront resort of Padang Bai in Karangasem, on Bali’s east coast.

Detective Superintendent Adnan Pandibu, who is leading the investigation, says about 30 prescription and non-prescription medications were found in a toiletries bag in their room.

The Courier-Mail reports the drugs include 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,” Det Supt Pandibu told AAP.

“The drugs are currently being examined in the laboratory for forensic identification.”

Meanwhile family spokesman and federal MP Mal Brough has called on the media to cease speculation about the cause of their deaths.

“It can be very hurtful at times when no one needs to be,” Mr Brough told reporters on Wednesday.

“Noelene’s a nurse and she could well be just well-prepared for any contingency, going to another country.

“(That’s) a sensible thing to do … and we should all be encouraged to now just take a breath, think of the family, think of their enormous loss and respect what they’re asking for, which is some room.”

The Bischoffs’ bodies are to be flown to Australia as soon as the family organises a transport to repatriate them, he said.

“We are waiting for the victim’s family or the designated authority to take care of it,” Det Supt Pandibu said.


Antar Bangsa Funeral Service, which specialises in repatriating the bodies of foreign nationals who die in Bali, told AAP it has been contacted by Australian authorities about the Bischoffs.

“We are still waiting for confirmation about this operation,” spokesman Agus Prababe said.