October 6, 2022

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Mystery of dead children in abandoned suitcases in New Zealand: They found a possible relative in South Korea

New Zealand police investigators work at the scene after bodies were found in suitcases in Auckland on August 11, 2022. (AP via Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald)

South Korean police say they believe a relative of two children found dead in suitcases in New Zealand last week may be in South Korea.

Immigration records show The 40-year-old unidentified woman arrived in South Korea in 2018But there is no record of him leaving since then, said Park Seung-hoon, an official with the National Police Agency in Seoul.

Park said South Korean police informed New Zealand police After receiving a request for research assistance. But because the woman involved in the crime in New Zealand is a New Zealand citizen, South Korean police currently do not have the authority to locate or detain the woman, Park said.

South Korean police found it difficult to track her down until New Zealand officially requested her extradition.Park said this could happen if the investigation progressed enough for Interpol to issue a red notice against him.

The woman was born in South Korea and later moved to New Zealand.He became a citizen there. New Zealand police suspect the woman may be the mother of the dead children as her previous address in New Zealand was registered in a storage unit where the suitcases had been kept for years.According to Park.

A Papadoto storage unit where suitcases have been stored for years (David Rowland/AFP)
A Papadoto storage unit where suitcases have been stored for years (David Rowland/AFP)

Last week, a New Zealand family found the remains of a child in a suitcase they bought at an online auction. The children were between 5 and 10 years old and had been dead for several yearsAnd the bags have been stored for at least three or four years, said Detective Inspector Tofilau Famanuya Walua.

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New Zealand police said Bodies are preserved for yearsThis complicates the investigation of the crime.

“The New Zealand Police are leading this investigation and we will cooperate with their request.” An officer said.

An overview shows Manukau District Police is leading the investigation.  (Photo by David Rowland/AFP)
An overview shows Manukau District Police is leading the investigation. (Photo by David Rowland/AFP)

Police investigated for hours Video footage, but key moments may have been blacked out due to the time that elapsed between the victims’ deaths and the discovery of the bodies.

“We are doing everything we can to identify the victims (…) I can say that we are making very good progress with the DNA investigation”On the day of the discovery, police said they worked with Interpol.

Both the storage unit and the property where the bags were taken have been thoroughly examined by forensic teams.

New Zealand officials reiterated that last week The family that found the bodies has nothing to do with the murder.

They are Get support to deal with traumaAccording to New Zealand officials.

(With information from AP and AFP)