Remains of children: It was a gruesome discovery made by the New Zealand police. A woman has now been arrested. Is the person the mother?
Seoul – The shocking case of children’s corpses in suitcases bought at auction in New Zealand caused a stir weeks ago – now a suspected woman has been arrested in South Korea.
The 42-year-old is suspected of murdering the two children whose remains were found in the suitcases. The woman was arrested overnight at an apartment in the southeastern coastal city of Ulsan, a police officer said. She was wanted on an arrest warrant at the request of the New Zealand police. It was not initially known whether it was the mother.
The woman denied the allegations when she was about to be taken to Seoul, the national news agency Yonhap reported. The suspect is a New Zealander who once held South Korean citizenship. The woman is said to have entered South Korea in 2018.
The body parts of the children, aged between five and ten, were discovered five weeks ago in suitcases bought at a clearance auction in New Zealand. According to the police, the suitcases were kept in a warehouse for three to four years.
The colleagues in New Zealand were looking for the woman on the assumption that she was the children’s mother, said the police spokesman in Seoul. An extradition request was also received from New Zealand. The Ministry of Justice must now decide on the transfer. dpa