The remains of children have been discovered in suitcases that were sold at auction in New Zealand.
The discovery was made when a family in Auckland bought a batch of abandoned goods at auction. They took the items home and started opening the suitcases to see what was inside.
It’s believed the children were between ages five and ten years old. According to the police detectives, they’ve been dead for a number of years and have been in the suitcases in storage for at least three or four years.
Police have emphasised that the family had nothing to do with the deaths of the children and they themselves are distressed by what they discovered.
Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua told Sky News that the investigation was in its early stages but would be rigorous.
“The investigation team is working very hard to hold accountable the person or persons responsible for the deaths of these children.”
Faamanuia Vaaelua confirmed that Interpol and overseas policing agencies have been contacted to assist with the investigation.
The nature of the discovery as well as the time reference is making it hard for the police to get answers.
“The nature of this discovery provides some complexities of the investigation especially given the time lapse between the time of death and their discovery.”
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