A 42-year-old woman suspected of murdering two children whose remains were found in suitcases in New Zealand has been arrested in South Korea, South Korean police said today.
The woman, believed to be the mother of the two children, was arrested in South Korea and has been remanded in custody on murder charges at the request of New Zealand authorities, police in both countries said.
According to the same source, it will be published in New Zealand.
"Police arrested the suspect at an apartment in Ulsan (a city in the southeastern part of South Korea) today," South Korean police said.
"The suspect is accused by New Zealand police of murdering her two children, aged seven and ten at the time of the incident, around 2018, in the Auckland area," police said, adding that the woman "arrived in South Korea after the crime and has been hiding ever since."
Yonhap news agency reported that the woman is a New Zealand citizen born in South Korea.
The grisly discovery was made in August when a family auctioned off items from a warehouse in Auckland, including the suitcases in which the children's remains were found.
According to Auckland police officer Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua, further investigation is needed both in New Zealand and overseas into this "very difficult case".