New Zealand police have launched a murder investigation after the bodies of two young children were discovered inside suitcases bought in an online auction.
An unsuspecting family in Auckland got the shock of their lives when they opened the collection of suitcases they had just bought.
The suitcases were inside an abandoned storage container that had been put up for auction to clear out the space. Although the family had reportedly visited the container, they had no idea what was inside it.
Neither the identities nor the ages of the deceased were discernible. Indeed, police could only confirm several days later that there were two bodies and they were both children.
In a media conference on Thursday, Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua said a postmortem indicated the children were between five and 10 years old.
It is believed that their bodies were kept in the storage facility for several years, and police have now warned that more may be uncovered.
The postmortem has not yet determined the cause of their deaths.
Vaaelua could not confirm whether the police had interviewed the previous owner of the storage container, but said that police were working with overseas agencies as part of their investigation.
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