Human remains found in suitcase purchased at Auckland auction

Auckland: The boss of an Auckland storage company has confirmed it is co-operating with police after human remains were reportedly found in a suitcase bought from a unit auction at the premises.

A murder investigation has been launched after the remains were discovered on Thursday at a home in Clendon Park in south Auckland. Police said the residents were not thought to be involved and unwittingly brought them home from the auction.

Police set up a cordon after the remains were found. Credit:David White/Stuff

New Zealand news broadcaster Newshub reported a police source saying they could be dealing with remains from multiple bodies. Detectives, however, remain tight-lipped around the investigation, and would not comment on whom the remains belong to or just how many victims there were.

A neighbour said the remains were brought back to the property on a trailer before whatever was containing them was opened, releasing a “wicked” odour that could he could smell next door.

As a former worker at a local crematorium, the neighbour said he recognised the smell as that of a body.

“I knew straight away, and I thought, ‘Where is that coming from?’” he said.

Human remains came from Safe Store Papatoetoe after a storage unit auction.Credit:James Halpin/Stuff

Police arrived soon after and a hearse had been at the property, he said.

Another neighbour said her son had seen a suitcase being removed from the trailer before the house occupants stood back in shock.

On Monday, a member of the family who made the discovery said police had told them not to talk to the media and offered them victim support.

A director of Safe Store Limited, who didn’t want to be named, confirmed the company was co-operating with the police investigation after the remains were taken from its Papatoetoe location.

“We won’t say anything because it is under police investigation and we are co-operating with police,” the director said.

Safe Storage Papatoetoe contains dozens of storage units, which the company’s website says can be used for “personal and business self-storage needs”.

The company says its three storage facilities have PIN code access, 24/7 CCTV, security lighting and high fences.

Get a note directly from our foreign correspondents on what’s making headlines around the world. Sign up for the weekly What in the World newsletter here.

Most Viewed in World

From our partners

Source: Read Full Article