New ZealandPolice confirmed the bodies in suitcases bought from an auction in Auckland were two primary school-aged children.
Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua, a New Zealand police spokesman, said today that the two bodies may have been hidden in suitcases for several years and that the victims were five to 10 year olds. The bodies of the victims were hidden in two suitcases of the same size.
“This finding complicates the investigation, especially given the long distance between the time of death and the time when the body was discovered,” he said.
New Zealand police confirmed on August 15 that they were investigating after receiving a report that an Auckland family found a body in a suitcase purchased at auction from a storage facility. Police confirmed the family was not related to the bodies.
Household and personal items found in the suitcase helped provide additional clues for police to identify the victim. Both the storage shed and the house where the suitcases were moved after the auction were thoroughly examined by forensic experts.
Mr Vaaelua also revealed that New Zealand police are working with the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to coordinate the investigation. Relatives of the two victims are believed to be in New Zealand.
The children have yet to be identified and Vaaelua said he sympathizes with the victim’s family as they may not have known the babies had died.
“We are doing our best to identify the victim,” he said. “What I can say is that we are making a lot of progress in DNA testing. The investigation team is also working to find out who is responsible for the deaths of the two children.”
Huyen Le (Theo AFP)