Police have confirmed that remains of a child have been found along the Karoonda Highway, 2km west of Wynarka.
Police have appealed to the public for information relating to the case, as forensic examination was conducted at the state forensic science centre on Thursday. Police say that anyone who saw a man carrying a suitcase in the area should come forward with their information.
Two women have told police that they saw a man in his late 60’s, well dressed and clean cut, carrying a dark suitcase that matches the description of the one found at the scene. The women saw the man six weeks ago, which matches the time frame that police are currently working with.
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The dark suitcase was found on Tuesday by a passing motorist, with the contents emptied onto the ground. The motorist reported it to the police on Wednesday.
Detectives are treating the death of the child between two and seven as a murder. Detectives believe that the child was killed elsewhere, and brought to the location in the suitcase to be dumped, about two kilometres off the highway.
Detectives stated, “Reports vary, but generally indicate that the suitcase was placed here in the last four to six weeks.”
“We believe that the child was killed elsewhere, placed in the suitcase, and brought here within a month”
There are currently no missing children in South Australia that fit the age description of the child found, leading investigators to speculate the child may possibly be from interstate.
Police are utilising all of their available resources, including a drone, to scour the area for more evidence, but are still hopeful that someone will come forward with more information.
“Someone somewhere must have seen something, and we urge anyone to come forward with any information at all.”
If you have any information that may be of assistance to the police, please call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.