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New Zealand police announced Thursday that human remains in a suitcase bought by a family at auction last week were those of an elementary-aged child.

Police said they were alerted to the case last week when the family of Manurea, in the south Auckland suburb, reported finding human body parts among several items bought from a storage facility.

“Preliminary autopsies have been conducted and the results show that the remains found in the two suitcases are those of two elementary school-aged children,” said a statement released Thursday morning from police spokeswoman Anna Thompson.

During a press conference a day earlier, Detective Inspector Tofilau Famanuia Vaielua said the children were probably between 5 and 10 years old and could have been dead for several years.

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Once the children are officially identified, authorities said their top priority will be to notify the victims’ next of kin.

“We want to reassure the community that our investigation continues to establish the truth to ensure the full circumstances surrounding the deaths of these children,” the statement continued. “This includes when, where and how to deploy.”

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