The discovery of human remains inside two suitcases has shaken a south Auckland community in New Zealand.
The bodies of two young children, believed to be of primary school age, were discovered inside suitcases which were sold at auction.
Early indications are that the bodies were deceased for between three to four years before the unsettling discovery was made.
A postmortem and police investigation is underway to determine the circumstances around the children's death.
Locals understand that the suitcases were sold as part of a larger trailer lot sale which included prams, toys and a walker.
Police say that those who purchased the auction lot and brought it to their address in the south Auckland neighbourhood of Manurewa are "not involved in the incident."
Speaking to New Zealand press, Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia said that while "horrific cases like this" are "difficult for homicide investigators" very good "progress is being made with DNA enquiries."
Mr Vaaelua also said he had reason to believe the children had relatives in the country, who may not be aware their loved ones were deceased.
The detective inspector could not confirm if police had made contact with the storage unit's previous owner, but said police were working with Interpol and overseas agencies.