DEAD WEIGHT: Family horrified to find DISMEMBERED BODY PARTS in suitcase haul from storage-unit auction
According to neighbors, at least three hearses arrived at the residence to cart away the remains, and they could smell decomposed bodies
AUKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: In a shocking incident, a family who tried their luck at a storage-unit auction was shocked to discover that they had purchased a cache of dismembered bodies stuffed in suitcases they had hoped contained untold treasures. According to New Zealand authorities, the family from Aukland is not under investigation.
The remains were discovered at a property on Moncrieff Avenue in Clendon Park around 1.30 pm on Thursday, August 11, prompting police to launch a homicide investigation. The family discovered the bodies after hauling the contents of the storage unit several hours away from their home, parking it in the yard, and then beginning to open it up a day later.
When the first suitcase revealed body parts, police said they were immediately called to the scene. According to neighbors, at least three hearses arrived at the residence, and they could smell decomposed bodies. Shelton Honana told News Hub, "I feel sorry for the family because they’ve got nothing to do with it. And whoever did do it, come on, front up. It’s a bit unfair, bro. It’s horrific, fucking scary."
Authorities are now attempting to identify the victims as well as locate the owner of the suitcases and storage unit. Storage units are usually auctioned off after the renter fails to pay. It is not known how old the bodies were or when the last payment was made. It's also unclear how much the unwitting family paid for the cadavers-laden cargo.
Following the discovery, initial reports suggested that the house's owners — a family with two children who had recently moved in — might have been involved. However, police quickly cleared up the misunderstanding, reporting that the family had inadvertently purchased the corpses and are not being investigated for any involvement in the bodies being stuffed in the suitcases.
The bodies have not been identified by police, but initial reports suggest that they were mutilated to fit inside the suitcases. While police have not revealed how the victims were killed, they have declared the investigation a homicide investigation. A spokesman told Newshub "The priority for police is to confirm the identification of the deceased so that we can establish the full circumstances behind the discovery." The spokesperson added, "However, we are still awaiting the completion and results of the post-mortem examination so we are unable to comment."