UPDATE: A 60-year-old man is wanted over the discovery of a child’s remains in the South Australian bush.
Police say an elderly man was spotted carrying a dark coloured suitcase between six and eight weeks ago.
“The person was about 60 years of age, average height, lightly built and neatly dressed and clean cut,” Supt Bray said.
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The remains were found by a passing motorist on Tuesday and reported to police yesterday.
A post mortem examination is being conducted on the remains and police are checking missing persons’ records across the country
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers immediately.
EARLIER: POLICE have said that murder is the likely cause of death of a child whose remains were found inside a suitcase beside a South Australian Highway yesterday.
Police were called to the scene near the Karoonda Highway in South Australia’s Murray Mallee after a passing motorist made the gruesome discovery.
Forensic investigators have removed the bones from the scene and have taken them to Adelaide for forensic testing whilst police and SES crews continue to comb the area for evidence and clues.
It is has been revealed that police believe the child, believed to be aged between two and seven, died elsewhere and was placed into the suitcase and dumped.
Authorities are urging people to think about children that may have disappeared in suspicious circumstances.
There are no missing persons matching the remains in South Australia, indicating the child may have been from interstate.
Anyone with further information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.