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New Zealand police identify remains found in suitcase

New Zealand police have identified two children whose remains were found earlier this month in suitcases bought by a family at an online auction.

In a statement Friday, police confirmed that the two boys had been identified and their family asked that their names not be released.

Police launched a homicide investigation after the remains were discovered in South Auckland on August 11.

Earlier this month, Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua said the boys were probably between 5 and 10 years old when they died. He said investigators believed they had been dead for three or four years and the cause of death was unknown.

According to Seoul police, a woman believed to be the mother of the two children was in South Korea on August 22. South Korean police are cooperating with New Zealand authorities through Interpol.

The storage company that sold the luggage is also assisting police in their investigations into other items that may be related to the bags, police said earlier this month.

Police stressed that the family who bought the bags was not linked to the children’s deaths.

Source: CNN Brasil

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