It turned out that the remains of two children were hidden in suitcases sold at an auction in New Zealand.
Police launched a murder investigation after a family in Auckland was suspected of having luggage bought at an online auction at a storage facility.
It was announced that the family, who carried the suitcase they took home before applying to the police, was not related to the deaths.
According to the autopsy, the children were in primary school age, between the ages of five and 10.
“The bodies were kept in a suitcase for 3-4 years”
Detective inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua said, “The bodies were hidden in two suitcases of similar size. I believe the suitcases have been in storage for several years, probably between three and four years.”
Vaaelua said the residents of the home who discovered the remains were “disturbed by the discovery” and demanded privacy.
Research continues to determine when, where and how children die.
Stating that the autopsy work is ongoing, Vaaelua noted that they are working with Interpol and other institutions.
“We are doing our best to conclude the investigation and identify the victims,” said Vaaelua.
It was stated that household items and personal belongings found with the suitcase were also examined for identification.