The woman identified by New Zealand authorities as a member of the family of children found dead in suitcases last week in South Korea is in South Korea.
The South Korean police in Seoul said on Monday that the woman, who was born in Korea but holds New Zealand citizenship, arrived in South Korea in 2018, and there is no indication that she has left the country since then.
The police spokesman, who did not reveal any further details about the mysterious criminal case, said that based on her previous address and age, the woman might be the mother of the children.
The remains of two elementary school-aged children have been identified in two identical-sized suitcases that were found among the items the winning family acquired at a warehouse auction in Auckland. The remains have been stored for many years. Experts estimate the age of the victims between five and ten years.
Detecting the condition is complicated by the long time that elapses between the deaths of children and the discovery of their remains.
New Zealand police said the family who bought the bags could not be linked to the crime, and had even been helped to deal with the trauma caused by the horrific discovery.
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