Auckcland, New Zealand: A family has been left traumatized after they discovered the remains of two children in suitcases they brought home after winning a storage unit that had been placed up for auction due to unpaid rent.
Investigators have stated they are still working to confirm the identities of the children, believed to be between the ages of 5 and 10 years old, and to notify next of kin. At this time, they believe that the bodies may have been inside the suitcases for between three and four years before the discovery.
"I feel sorry for the family because they've got nothing to do with it," a neighbor, Shelton Honana, was quoted as telling Newshub. "And whoever did it, com on, up front. It's a bit unfair, bro. It's horrific, f***ing scary."
After the family won the storage unit, they loaded the contents into a trailer and brought that trailer back to their home. From there, they began to take some of the items inside to sort through them.
Police were called on Thursday, August 11, after the family made the discovery.
The owner of the storage company, Safe Store, Ltd. confirmed that they are cooperating fully with the investigation.
"We won't say anything because it is under police investigation, and we are cooperating with police."
"Were still on a fact-finding mission and we still have a lot of unanswered questions," Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua said during a press briefing on Thursday afternoon.
"Our priority remains on confirming the identification of the deceased and results of further examinations and tests are still pending."
The family that made the discovery has been offered counseling.