Two Dead Children Found in Auctioned Suitcases in New Zealand

*Bodies Likely Stored Over Several Years

August 18, 2022

The police in Auckland have confirmed the discovery of human remains in two Suitcases purchased at an Auckland auction.

The discovered remains which were concealed in two suitcases of similar size, was made on Thursday, July 18, 2022, are believed to belong to two primary school-aged children.

According to the Police Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua, who vowed to unearth those behind the bizarre act, the bodies may have been in storage for several years, their ages ranging between five and ten years old.

The nature of this discovery provides some complexities to the investigation especially given the time lapsed between the time of death and the time of discovery,” Mr Vaaelua added.

The bizarre discovery was made after a family brought a trailer-load of items being sold in bulk from a storage unit. However, the police are of the opinion that the said family are in no way connected to the homicide, but are “understandably distressed by the discovery” over which they have asked for privacy, Vaaelua added.

Police say the household and personal items found alongside the suitcases are helping provide clues to identify the victims.

Meanwhile, forensic experts have examined both the storage unit and property where the suitcases were taken to while the New Zealand police have made a pledge to work international criminal agency, including the Interpol in their investigation.

Though the victims have not been identified, the police are certain that relatives of the victims are in New Zealand.

A lot of us (in the police) are parents and we have a job to do and we’re doing our very best to identify the victims.

What I can say is we are making very good progress with DNA inquiries.

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

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