News Coverage

A very big thank you to Will Jordan of Al Jazeera and Rob Davies of the Daily Mail. Without you Laura’s death would have remained concealed.

Thank you Mark Saunokonoko of 9 News Australia for obtaining the final piece of indisputable evidence from Luis Camara of the Portuguese embassy in Abu Dhabi, and finally giving me closure over the events of Laura’s death.

And thank you to all the other media agencies, bloggers, etc., that told Laura’s story.

16 November 2017

On the third anniversary of Laura’s death, Mark Saunokonoko released this article which confirms the site of Laura’s death…the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa.

The truth always prevails…

18 May 2015

The article by Rob Davies exposing the cover up of Laura’s death by the Dubai government.

The denial by the government of Dubai

No suicide at Burj Khalifa, say Dubai Police

Dubai: Dubai Police disputed reports in Western media on Monday about a woman who committed suicide apparently by throwing herself off the Burj Khalifa last November. Police said a foreign national did commit suicide by jumping from a building but the incident actually took place in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

The Daily Mail had reported that Laura Vanessa Nunes, 39, fell to her death from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa.

Major General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant to the Dubai Police Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, said that the 39-year-old woman with a South African passport, jumped out of her 14th-floor Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) apartment.

He said investigations showed that the woman was in a bad emotional and psychological state following a failed relationship with a GCC national she met in 2009, which led her to take the extreme step.

Maj Gen Al Mansouri said a police team carried out investigations at the crime scene and that there was nothing to suggest any criminal activity, adding that Nunes died on impact.

Nunes’ body was repatriated to her family as soon as the legal procedures were completed, he said.

Nunes had obtained a visit visa to the UAE to search for a job.

This was the link from

7DAYS UAE | Mother seeking answers over skyscraper suicide

Mother seeking answers over skyscraper suicide

Megha Merani | May 20, 2015

THE mother of a woman who plunged to her death in Dubai is still searching for answers six months on. Leona Sykes claims her daughter Laura Vanessa Nunes died after jumping from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa in November last year.

Dubai Police said the 39-year-old took her own life but could not confirm the building she leapt from. Nunes’ death only came to light in recent days and has been the subject of conflicting reports.

Sykes claims she has seen footage of the incident and said she could not believe how easily her daughter was able to leap from the viewing platform. She claims Laura was able to slip through a gap despite supposed safety measures.

She told 7DAYS: “Laura walked to the glass panels and stuck her head through the lower gap, just above the handrail. “She put her head through the gap and tilted forwards.

Her body disappeared through the gap. No one noticed.” It’s thought that Nunes was upset about an on-off relationship with a man. Sykes added: “I cannot understand how she could have fallen and no one stopped her.”–elle-se-jette-de-la-plus-haute-tour-du-monde-12121662

The article in Sabado:

Laura Vanessa Nunes

Laura Vanessa Nunes


Within 17 months of the build­ing’s of­fi­cial open­ing, a man de­scribed as “an Asian in his mid-30s” who worked at one of the com­pa­nies in the tower, died by sui­cide on 10 May 2011 by jump­ing from the 147th floor. He fell 39 floors, land­ing on a deck on the 108th floor. Dubai po­lice con­firmed the act as a sui­cide, re­port­ing that “[they] also came to know that the man de­cided to com­mit sui­cide as his com­pany re­fused to grant leave.”

The Daily Mail re­ported that on 16 No­vem­ber 2014, Laura Vanessa Nunes, a Por­tuguese na­tional who was in Dubai on a tourist visa, fell to her death from Burj Khal­ifa’s “At the Top” ob­ser­va­tion deck on the 148th floor. How­ever, on 18 May 2015, Dubai po­lice dis­puted the re­port made by the Daily Mail on this in­ci­dent and said that this in­ci­dent took place in Jumeirah Lakes Tow­ers. A Dubai coro­ner’s re­port stated her body was found on the third floor of the Burj Khalifa. Emails ob­tained under the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion act from Por­tu­gal’s em­bassy in the UAE also con­firmed that she had com­mit­ted sui­cide from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa.,92806.shtml!

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