South Korea arrests suspect accused of hiding two children’s bodies in suitcases

South Korean police arrested a 42-year-old woman accused of killing two children, hiding their bodies in a suitcase discovered in New Zealand.

South Korean police at dawn on September 14 arrested this woman at an apartment in the city of Ulsan, under a wanted warrant for murder. The suspect’s identity has not been released.

New Zealand authorities have issued an arrest warrant under an extradition treaty with South Korea, and asked the country to hold the suspect until the extradition process is completed.

Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaalua, a New Zealand police spokesman, said today that the arrest was the result of international cooperation.

“To be able to arrest a suspect abroad in such a short time requires the support and coordination of Korean authorities, New Zealand police and the International Criminal Police (Interpol),” he said. “The community is also deeply saddened and strongly supports the investigation.”





Police investigating outside the house found the body in New Zealand in August. Photo: AP.

Police investigating outside the house found the body in New Zealand in August. Photo: AP.

New Zealand police launched an investigation last month after receiving reports that an Auckland family found a body in a suitcase bought at auction from a storage facility.

Authorities later identified the victims as two children, aged 5 to 10, who had been hidden in suitcases for many years. The identities of the two children were verified but not made public at the request of the family.

In late August, South Korean police identified a New Zealand woman of Korean descent believed to be a relative of the two children. This woman came to Korea in 2018 and has not been out of the country since.

Duc Trung (Theo Guardian)

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