A MAJOR twist in the case of two dead kids found in bags at a Storage Wars-style auction has seen cops find a link thousands of miles away.
A woman believed to be a family member of the two kids found in suitcases in New Zealand is said to be in South Korea, Seoul police have said.
Seoul police say they’re tracking down a family relative of two dead kids found in storage bagsCredit: AP
NZ police were called to an Auckland home after a strange smell was reportedCredit: New Zealand Herald
Cops found two decomposing bodies at the propertyCredit: NZ Herald
The Korean-born New Zealander arrived in South Korea in 2018 and has not left the Asian country since then, cops told Reuters on Monday.
They are now trying to track down the mystery woman’s whereabouts and are figuring out whether she had other relatives with her when she arrived in South Korea.
“New Zealand police had requested confirmation whether the person who might be related to a crime case was in South Korea,” an officer said.
They added that given the woman’s past address and age, she could be the kids’ mother.
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.
The family who found the bodies are not connected to the deaths.
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.
Three hearses were reportedly seen outside the property in Auckland as the remains were taken away for examination.
A post-mortem examination is being carried out on the remains.
Safe Store Papatoetoe in Auckland, New Zealand where the human remains came fromCredit: AFP
Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua revealed the bodies were two children
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