A 42-year-old woman is said to be the mother of two children, whose remains were found in the suitcases she bought. A New Zealand warehouseman has been arrested in South Korea on suspicion of murder.
The woman was arrested in the early hours of Thursday in the southeastern city of Ulsan, a South Korean police official told CNN.
The police official confirmed that the woman arrested is the same woman believed to be the children’s mother, who arrived in South Korea in 2018 and has not left the country since.
New Zealand police said in a statement that they have sought an arrest warrant for the woman under the extradition treaty with South Korea, and have asked to be extradited to New Zealand to face charges.
“Having someone in custody overseas in such a short period of time was thanks to the assistance of the Korean authorities and the coordination of our (New Zealand) Police Interpol staff,” New Zealand Detective Inspector Tofilau Fa’manuaia Vaaelua said. a statement on Thursday.
The woman will remain in prison pending the completion of the extradition process, Vaaelua added.
South Korean authorities confirmed last month that the woman, a dual citizen of New Zealand and South Korea, had arrived in the country in 2018. According to the official, the woman was born in South Korea and acquired New Zealand citizenship “a long time ago”. “.
The Seoul High Court will decide within two months whether to extradite the woman to New Zealand.
New Zealand police launched a homicide investigation last month after a South Auckland family reported finding human remains in suitcases bought at an online auction from a storage facility.
The children, believed to be between the ages of 5 and 10, may have been dead for three to four years, according to New Zealand police.
At the time, the police insisted that the family that bought the suitcases was not being investigated.