Fiona MacKeown claimed the authorities have tried to cover up what happened to her daughter because the man responsible was a "powerful person" with money and connections in Goa. According to the Daily Express, she made the claims after flying back into Britain from India where she has spent nine days searching for answers to what happened to Scarlett whose half-naked body was found on Anjuna Beach, where she was on holiday, on February 19.
MacKeown said a number of locals had named the man and his group to her and she had passed the information on to investigators from the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) who are due to take over the case. The 43-year-old, from Bradworthy, north Devon, claims that links between police officials, politicians and the drugs mafia have hampered a proper investigation into her daughter's death. She said that she hoped the CBI would invite Scotland Yard to become involved in the investigation in a bid to bring Scarlett's killers to justice.