Police are investigating after an unsuspecting family found human remains inside suitcases they purchased from an auction.
According to Newshub, police are probably dealing with multiple sets of remains, which were found zipped up in suitcases inside a storage container in South Auckland, New Zealand.
The incident, which was first reported by the BBC, began when the family purchased a trailer-load full of goods from a local storage facility on Aug. 11.
Local media reports say the suitcases were sold in an attempt to clear-out an abandoned locker.
The discovery was made after the family brought the goods back to their home and deposited the items on their front lawn, Det. Insp. Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua told news outlets.
Neighbours told New Zealand news outlet Stuff that almost immediately they began to smell a strong “rotten” odour and police were alerted.
“I could smell it here. I thought it was a dead cat or something. That day Thursday (before the police came),” an unnamed neighbour told the New Zealand Herald, adding that as a pig hunter he is very familiar with the smell of animal decay.
“They brought it back on a trailer. How did they not pick up the smell?” he asked.