Queensland coroner to investigate Bali tragedy
THE autopsies for Noelene and Yvana Bischoff will be performed in Queensland, acting Attorney-General and minister for justice David Crisafulli has announced.
The mother and daughter died in Bali on the weekend in mysterious circumstances.
"Noelene and Yvana Bischoff's family deserve answers. They asked us for help and we said yes straight away," Mr Crisafulli said.
"They requested that the autopsies be conducted here in Queensland and I have directed the Coroner to make that happen.
"Hopefully, it will shed some light on the cause of this tragedy.
"On behalf of the Newman Government, I extend my deepest sympathies to the Bischoff's family and friends and we will continue to assist them in every way possible."
Bischoff family members had told The Daily they would prefer to "bring their girls home" to find out the truth about what killed them on their Balinese holiday.
Local police are investigating whether the pair died as a result of toxic fish, food poisoning or some kind of unknown allergic reaction.
The family has dismissed any speculation the seafood-loving Wurtulla mother and daughter had an allergy and they questioned the toxic fish theory.
New speculation that methanol drink-spiking could be to blame is also weighing heavy.
"Our main focus now is getting the bodies home," Noelene's sister-in-law Keryn Bischoff said.
"Granny (Noelene's mother) is not going to be able to move on until after the burial.
"We never got to see them before they left and never got to say goodbye, so we are still feeling like we can't believe this has happened."
Mrs Bischoff said the family was apprehensive about having an autopsy undertaken in Bali.
"We don't know whether there are ways and means of turning an autopsy a certain way, so there is no black mark on their tourist industry," she said.
"We just want to bring them home and give them proper funeral. We can't keep waiting."
"We have been talking to different people in Bali and we are hearing there have been lots of reports of methanol spiking in drinks," Mrs Bischoff said.
"The hotel manager said he ate the same fish meal at the restaurant as well, so there are so many things that are not adding up.
"I just wish Noelene was here to tell us what happened.
"She was the authority on food standards. She wrote a thesis on it while at university, so she would never have put herself and her daughter in danger."
Member for Fisher Mal Brough and Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie have both given their support to the family and are acting as middlemen between the authorities and the family to bring the Bischoffs the answers they so desperately seek.
"I have told Noelene and Yvana's family that we will do anything possible to help them through this tragedy," Mr Bleijie said.
"If we can make any process faster or easier, we'll do it."
A Sunshine Coast medical expert said authorities had a two-week window to perform an accurate toxicology report using blood samples.
In Queensland, a full autopsy at the John Tonge Centre in Coopers Plains, Brisbane, could take up to 12 months.
But Noelene and Yvana's family said the wait would be justified.