New Zealand family discovers two dead children hidden in second-hand suitcases

A New Zealand family buying some abandoned goods from a storage room came home with their purchases and discovered the bodies of two children hidden in two suitcases.

The children were aged between five and 10, had been dead for several years and the suitcases had been in storage for at least three or four years, police said.

Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua said the investigation is in its early stages but will be rigorous.

“This includes determining where, when and how,” Inspector Vaaelua told reporters in Auckland.

The family had bought the personal and household items at an online auction and took them home last week.

Inspector Vaaelua emphasized that they had nothing to do with the dead and were understandably upset by their discovery.

Police first set up a crime scene at Auckland’s home last week and opened a murder investigation, but hadn’t gone into details of the case until Thursday.

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Inspector Vaaelua said the identification procedures for the children were underway but they have relatives living in New Zealand.

He also said police had contacted Interpol and foreign law enforcement — a possible indication that police may believe the suspect or suspects are now living abroad.

“The investigation team is working very hard to hold accountable the person or persons responsible for the deaths of these children,” said Inspector Vaaelua.

He said it was a difficult case for the investigative team.

“No matter how many years you serve investigating these horrific cases, it is never an easy task,” he said.

“I am a parent of young children myself. But we have a job to do.”

AP

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