New Zealand: Human remains found in an auctioned storage container belong to two children, according to police

Human remains found in auctioned suitcases in New Zealand are those of two children, police have revealed.

The gruesome discovery was made by a family in Auckland who bought a storage container with the suitcases inside at an online auction.

Examining their purchases at home, they found the remains and contacted police, who launched a murder investigation last Friday.

At a news conference on Thursday, inspectors said a post-mortem revealed the remains belonged to two children, aged between five and 10.

“The bodies were hidden in two suitcases of a similar size,” said Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua, adding, “I believe the suitcases have been in storage for a number of years.”

Police are trying to determine where and when they died, but the suitcases were likely stored for three to four years, Det Insp Vaaelua said.

Inspectors are making “very good progress” on DNA testing, despite the challenge posed by the length of time the children have been dead,” it was reported.

Relatives of the victims are in New Zealand, but the police are also working with Interpol, he said New Zealand Herald.

The family who bought the suitcases are not connected to the deaths, are “understandably concerned” at their discovery and have asked for privacy, DI Vaaelua said.

A neighbor said so herald that the container also contained “children’s stuff” such as prams and toys.

Police used personal items found with the suitcases to help identify the victims, DI Vaaelua said, adding that he could not comment on the children’s gender or their relatives, news website Things reported.

A former crematorium worker who lives in the neighborhood previously told the website that he noticed a “nasty” and “rotten” smell in the area and that he “knew immediately” what it was.

DI Vaaelua told reporters from the Manukau Police Station on Thursday, “Many of us are parents and we have a job to do and we are doing our best to complete the investigation and identify the victims.

“No matter how long or how many years you serve and investigate horrific cases like this, it’s never been easier.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/new-zealand-auction-suitcases-dead-children-b2147433.html New Zealand: Human remains found in an auctioned storage container belong to two children, according to police

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