A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the discovery of the bodies of two toddlers inside of luggage in New Zealand.
On Thursday, South Korean officials apprehended a 42-year-old lady based on an arrest order issued in Korea. The warrant was issued in response to a request made by the New Zealand Police about the killing of the children, whose remains were found a month ago.
“NZ Police have applied to have her extradited back to New Zealand to face the charges, and they have requested that she remain in custody while waiting for the completion of the extradition process,” said Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua. “NZ Police have requested that she remain in custody while waiting for the completion of the extradition process.”
In the interim, there are a lot of investigations to be carried out in New Zealand as well as in other countries.
The woman was reportedly taken into custody in the wee hours of Thursday local time in the city of Ulsan, which is located in the south-east of South Korea and is around 300 kilometres from the capital city of Seoul.
According to previous police records, the woman who is currently being held is the same woman who landed in South Korea several years ago and has not left the country since then. She is suspected of being the mother of the children.
The officer checked her identification and confirmed that she is indeed the same person.
Since the skeletal remains were discovered in suitcases at the beginning of August by a family in Auckland who had purchased belongings from a storage locker at an auction, the mystery that surrounded the case has continued to fester.
According to Stuff, both of the children’s parents were born in Seoul, South Korea, but they got married and had their children in New Zealand.
According to Detective Inspector Vaaelua’s calculations, the ages of the youngsters when they passed away ranged anywhere from five to ten years.
He stated that the children had been in the storage unit for a number of years, and that it was presumed that they had been dead for the past three or four years. He claimed that the children had been in the unit for a number of years.
The investigation into further things is still ongoing, according to the police, who stated one month ago that the luggage storage company that had provided them with the bags had been supporting them with their enquiry.
According to the authorities, there is no connection between the deaths of the children and the family who bought the luggage.
The police have indicated that they would not provide any further statements regarding the investigation at this time.
According to Stuff, it is thought that the victims were a girl and a boy who were both born in Auckland in 2009 and 2012, respectively.