TWO children whose remains were found in suitcases were dead for four years before being discovered at a warehouse auction.
It comes as police have reportedly tracked down relatives of the youths, who live in Asia, as they desperately try to solve the chilling mystery of how they got caught in the cases.
The remains of the two young children were discovered by a family searching the contents of an abandoned storage unit in New Zealand after winning it at auction.
Police arrived at her home in Auckland last Thursday after being called by shocked shoppers when neighbors reported a foul smell coming from the house.
A murder investigation was launched on August 12 and police have now found the families of the two primary school-aged teenagers living in Asia, reports the New Zealand Herald.
Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua confirmed that the children, aged between five and ten, also had relatives in New Zealand.
Cops say the family in New Zealand has not yet been identified.
Vaaelua said: “I really feel for the families of these victims.
“This is not an easy investigation. No matter how long or how many years you serve, investigating horrifying cases like this is never an easy task.
“The investigation team is working very hard to bring accountability to the person or persons responsible for the deaths of these children.”
He said the detectives are “still on a fact-finding mission and we still have a lot of unanswered questions.”
Key leads leading to the resolution of the case include DNA testing, examining the toys and personal belongings found with the suitcases, working with Interpol experts, and determining who brought the suitcases to the storage unit.
The children, who Vaaelua said may have been in the cases between the ages of three and four, have not yet been identified and their gender is unknown.
Vaaelua has confirmed that the local police are working with Interpol.
Interpol is an international network of police forces in 195 countries.
He added: “We have opened investigations with foreign authorities. I can not say more about that.”
Three hearses were reportedly seen outside the Auckland property as the remains were being taken away for examination.
Vaaelua said he could not comment on the children’s genders – or whether they were related.
Once the children have been identified, police said the priority will be to notify their next of kin.
An autopsy will be performed on the remains.
Vaaelua added: “Many of us are parents and we have a job to do and we are doing our best to identify the victims.
“What I can say is that we are making very good progress with DNA research.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6040666/children-dead-suitcases-four-years-family/ Children found dead in suitcases won at warehouse auction were left falling apart for FOUR YEARS as police tracked down family.