Human remains were discovered in suitcases bought at an auction by a family in Auckland, New Zealand.
The auction took place at a storage facility.
The unsuspecting family that won the bid immediately alerted the police after finding the undisclosed number of mutilated body parts.
New Zealand police have begun investigations into the incident and have cleared the family as potential suspects.
A post-mortem examination is currently underway with the forensic investigators trying to discover the identification and number of victims who were butchered and dismembered.
“We appreciate there is a significant public interest in what has occurred. The priority for police is to confirm the identification of the deceased so that we can establish the full circumstances behind the unusual discovery,” said police official, Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua.
According to police officers, auctioning of abandoned contents is a common practice for storage units with unpaid bills.
The authorities further assured the public that the incident had no immediate risk to the people living in the area.