According to police, the remains found belong to two children

Police are working on a formal identification process and Vaaelua said the priority is contacting next of kin.

Police are combing through the rest of the items in the locker to make connections and try to identify the remains.

Human remains came from Safe Store Papatoetoe after a storage auction.

Human remains came from Safe Store Papatoetoe after a storage auction.Recognition:James Halpin/Stuff

Vaaelua declined to answer whether police believed the children were related or questions about their gender or the condition of the remains.

“This information is very important to the investigation and I am not prepared to comment on it,” he said.

Local media have suggested foreign links to the case, but Vaaelua has again been very silent.

“All we can say is that there are relatives of the victims in New Zealand,” he said.

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“We are working with Interpol and have started investigations with foreign authorities.”

The crime has rocked the country and particularly the Manurewa community in South Auckland, home to a large Maori and Pacific population.

“I really feel for the families of these victims,” ​​Vaaelua said.

“Right here and now there are relatives out there who are unaware that their loved ones have passed, particularly two young children.

“This is not an easy investigation. No matter how long or how many years you serve, investigating horrific cases like this is never an easy task.”

AAP

https://www.smh.com.au/world/oceania/remains-found-in-suitcase-bought-at-auckland-auction-are-of-children-police-20220818-p5bb08.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_world According to police, the remains found belong to two children

Joel McCord

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