Kids found dead in suitcases left decomposing for 4 YEARS as cops ‘find family’

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TWO kids whose remains were found inside suitcases had been dead for four years before being discovered during a storage auction.

It comes as police have reportedly tracked down relatives of the youngsters living in Asia as they desperately try to solve the chilling mystery of how they ended up in the cases.


Cops have traced relatives of the two kids in AsiaCredit: NZ Herald


Police outside the property where the grim discovery was madeCredit: NZ Herald

The remains of the two young children were discovered by a family sifting through the contents of an abandoned storage unit in New Zealand after they won it in an auction.

Cops arrived at their house in Auckland last Thursday after being called in by the shaken buyers, as neighbours reported a hideous smell coming from the home.

A murder investigation was launched on August 12, and cops now found family of the two primary school-aged youngsters living in Asia, reports the New Zealand Herald.

Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua confirmed the kids, aged between five and ten years old, also had relatives living in New Zealand.

Cops say the family in New Zealand have not yet been identified.

Vaaelua said: “I really feel for the families of these victims.

“This is no easy investigation. No matter how long or how many years you serve and investigate horrific cases like this, it’s never an easy task.

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

He said detectives were “still on a fact-finding mission and we still have a lot of unanswered questions”.

Key clues to solving the case will include DNA testing, examining the toys and personal items found with the cases, working with experts at Interpol, and tracking down who put the cases into the storage unit.

The children – who Vaaelua said may have been in the cases for between three and four years – have not yet been identified and their genders are not known.

Vaaelua has confirmed local cops are working with Interpol.

Interpol is an international network of police forces in 195 countries.

He added: “We’ve commenced inquiries with overseas agencies. I cannot state any further than that.”

Three hearses were reportedly seen outside the property in Auckland as the remains were taken away for examination.

Vaaelua said he could not comment on the genders of the children – or whether they were related.

Once the children have been identified, police said the priority will be to notify their next of kin.

A post-mortem examination is being carried out on the remains.

Vaaelua added: “A lot of us 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.”


Safe Store Papatoetoe in Auckland, New Zealand where the human remains came fromCredit: AFP


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