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27th Aug 2022

Update on two children’s bodies found in suitcases at auction

Danny Jones

Two children bodies found in suitcases South Korean parents

The chilling case has captured global attention

There has been a significant development in the disturbing case surrounding two children’s bodies found in two suitcases in New Zealand on August 11.

As per national news outlet Stuff, the victims found in the luggage and previously thought to be of primary school age have now been identified as a boy a girl and a boy, born in 2009 and 2012 respectively.

While their identities are yet to be revealed, they are said to have been born in Auckland, the same city where their bodies were stumbled upon after a family purchased them following an auction on a trailer of goods at a storage unit.

Local police also confirmed that the parents, who are both believed to have originated from Seoul, South Korea, married in New Zealand. It still remains unclear who is responsible for their deaths, though it is suggested they were in storage for several years.

Earlier this week, South Korean authorities revealed they had been asked to help find a woman in her 40s – thought to be the children’s mother – who is said to have arrived in South Korea in the latter half of 2018.

As for the father, he is said to have died of cancer late in 2017 before the mum reportedly left the country. NZ investigators are yet to fully verify the South Korean connection and Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua has refused to shed light on to how the young children died or if the potential mother has been located.

Vaaelua previously described the discovery as “horrific”; he also stated that the coroner had issued a non-publication order suppressing their names “at the family’s request”, according to the NZ Herald.

The number of homicide cases in the country are said to be increasing year on year, with at least 50 people having died in suspicious or homicidal circumstances in New Zealand so far in 2022. There was a total of 71 in the entirety of 2021.

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