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A major investigation is under way after human remains were found inside a set of suitcases bought online – amid undenied claims that the grim discovery involved multiple bodies.
The horrific find was made by a family who’d bought the second-hand luggage in an auction as part of a clear-out of a storage warehouse, but a neighbour has queried why no one had noticed the stench before.
Cops immediately launched a murder inquiry when the alarm was raised in the suburb of South Auckland, New Zealand, last Thursday, reports the Mirror.
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They were called when the family began to unload a trailer containing the things they’d bought in the auction, which had been held in a bid to get rid of unclaimed items from the warehouse.
A police cordon was put up at the home in Manurewa. Officers left at the start of this week but the property remains sealed off.
Police have reportedly failed to deny that there were several bodies in the suitcases.
A neighbour told the New Zealand Herald that the smell was noticeable.
“They brought it back on a trailer. How did they not pick up the smell?” the neighbour asked.
“I’m a pig hunter and when a carcass goes bad it’s the same smell. That’s why I thought it was a dead animal.”
Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua, a detective on the case, confirmed that the “occupants of the address are not believed to be involved in the incident”.
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He added: “We appreciate there is significant public interest in what has occurred.
“However, given the nature of the discovery, there are still a number of inquiries to be carried out.
“The priority for police is to confirm the identification of the deceased so that we can establish the full circumstances behind the discovery.”
The occupants of the property have left their home while inquiries into what could be a major crime are carried out.
A neighbour told the Herald he was looking after the place in the meantime, while another local said a man in his 30s and an “old man” lived there.
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