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Andrei Anghel's family told not to go to Netherlands until MH17 victims ID'd

07/23/2014 11:58 EDT | Updated 09/22/2014 05:59 EDT
It may take weeks for the family of Andrei Anghel, the 24-year-old Ajax, Ont., man killed on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, to see his remains after victims' remains were transported to the Netherlands on Wednesday.

His sister, Alexandra Anghel, who goes by Lexi, told CBC News her family was told not to go to Hilversum, the military base where the caskets of victims of Flight MH17 will be located.

"It's very likely with so much red tape and forensics going on that the families may not even see the bodies or have access for weeks," she said.

Anghel said the advice came from Canada's Foreign Affairs Department, which said the identification process could take a couple of weeks.

Malaysian Airlines has assigned a caregiver to each victim's family to give them updates.

Foreign Affairs has also assigned a contact person who's been in touch with Anghel family every day whether there are updates or not. Anghel said the the Canadian government has been "incredible" to her family since the plane.

The Anghel family has had a busy few days of people coming to the home to offer condolences. They're hoping to have some space and "not have to hold it together for other people."

Alexandra Anghel said she has been in contact with the Ajax town councillor who has proposed a memorial for her brother along the waterfront trail in Ajax and is hoping to get something put in place as soon as possible, though it'll most likely happen in the fall because many councillors are away and the project needs approval before going ahead.

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