A woman believed to be a family member of the two children whose remains were found in suitcases in New Zealand is in South Korea, Seoul police say.
The woman, a Korean-born New Zealander, arrived in South Korea in 2018 and had no record of departure since then, a police officer told Reuters on Monday.
Her whereabouts and whether she had other relatives with her when she arrived in South Korea were not immediately known.
“New Zealand police had requested confirmation whether the person who might be related to a crime case was in South Korea,” the police officer said, adding that given her past address and age, she could be the children’s mother.
The NZ Herald has also reported that a source indicated a relative of the children was in South Korea.
New Zealand police would not confirm if they had approached Seoul police and declined to comment further on Monday.
New Zealand police launched a homicide inquiry in Auckland last week after the remains of the children were found by a family going through the contents of a storage locker they had bought unseen at an online auction.
The children were aged between five and 10 years and had been concealed in the locker for some time, New Zealand police have said.
New Zealand police have also confirmed they were working with Interpol as part of the investigation.
Police have repeatedly stated the family who found the bodies was not connected to the deaths.