Tragic new details emerge in case of children found in NZ suitcase

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Sad news details have emerged in the case of two children who were found in a suitcase bought at a storage unit auction in New Zealand.

The grisly find was made on August 11 after the contents of the abandoned storage unit were auctioned off in Auckland. The family transported the goods to their home in Manurewa before discovering the rotting corpses inside the suitcase.

Both children have now been formally identified, New Zealand police said in a statement on Friday.

"However, the Coroner has issued an interim non-publication order which suppresses evidence of the identities of the children at the request of their family," the statement said.

The father of the two children died from cancer in late 2017, Stuff.co.nz reported on Saturday.

The children were found after buyers brought the storage unit haul back to their home. Source: Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP
The children were found after buyers brought the storage unit haul back to their home. Source: Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP

It's believed he passed away before the mother of the children left New Zealand for South Korea.

Police have previously said the children were aged between 5 and 10 years old and were dead for a number of years before being found. One was a boy and and one a girl.

The parents were of South Korean heritage but married in New Zealand, where both of the children were born, Stuff reported.

The confounding and deeply disturbing case has captivated the country and generated global headlines as police work to unravel the mystery of their deaths.

South Korean police earlier this week said they had been asked to assist in finding a woman in her 40s believed to be the mother. She is thought to have returned to the country in 2018.

"Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the children. Further updates will be provided as the Police investigation allows," NZ Police said Friday.

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