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Scarlett organ repatriation delay

Scarlett Keeling
Scarlett Keeling was raped and murdered in Goa

The mother of murdered teenager Scarlett Keeling has been told that repatriating her daughter's missing organs could be complicated and costly.

Scarlett, 15, from North Devon, was raped and murdered in a resort in Goa in February. Her semi-naked body was found on a beach.

Earlier this month a third post-mortem examination revealed that some of her organs had been removed.

Her mother, Fiona MacKeown, is in India to collect the body parts for burial.

She has said she wants to bury her daughter on her land near Bideford, North Devon, but had refused to do that until her daughter's uterus, kidneys and stomach were returned.

Ms MacKeown met with Dr V N Jindal, the dean of the Goa Medical College and Hospital, where Scarlett's organs are being held.

The hospital has agreed to release them to her, but undertakers in Goa have told her she will not be allowed to take them out of India without a certificate authorising repatriation.

Fiona McKeown
Fiona McKeown says her family talk about Scarlett 'all the time'

They have told her this could cost hundreds of pounds.

Scarlett had been staying at the resort of Anjuna with a friend while the rest of her family travelled further afield.

Initially, police said she had accidentally drowned but later opened a murder investigation under pressure from Ms MacKeown. Ms MacKeown has alleged police officials have covered up evidence over her daughter's death to protect the tourism trade and drug dealers.

She wants India's top federal detective agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, to take over the inquiry from Goan police.

Two men have been arrested over the death of the 15-year-old, whose body was found on Anjuna beach on 19 February.

Samson D'Souza, 28, has been charged with rape and is in police custody.

Placido Carvalho, who was questioned on suspicion of involvement in Scarlett's rape and murder, was granted bail by a court in Goa on 4 April.

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