Human remains were found in two suitcases bought at auction in New Zealand in early August.
The remains belonged to two young children thought to be between five and 10 when they died, according to the BBC. The bodies were discovered when a family in South Auckland opened the luggage in their home shortly after buying them at auction, the outlet reported.
The children were in two separate suitcases of similar size, and are believed to have been in storage for many years, the BBC reported. “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,” Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuiua Vaaelua said, according to the outlet.
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The family who discovered the bodies had purchased the luggage and a trailer full of other goods from a local storage company, the BBC reported. Police asked the media to “respect their privacy at this difficult time,” as the family has nothing to do with the remains and is fully cooperating with the investigation, according to Fox8. (RELATED: REPORT: Coroner Says He Cried, Couldn’t Eat For A Week In Most Heinous Crime He’s Ever Seen)
“The investigation team is working very hard to hold accountable the person or persons responsible for the deaths of these children,” Vaaelua said, according to ABC News. Identification procedures are still underway, but it is believed that the children have relatives living in New Zealand.