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Children's bodies found in suitcase, duffle bag in Delray canal


DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Several different agencies are working tirelessly to find out the identities of two children found in a Delray Beach canal on Wednesday.

A passerby spotted something strange bobbing in the water and alerted police to the C 15 canal that stretches between US 441 and the Intracoastal Waterway.

The body of a girl, who appeared to be between 6 and 10 years old, was found in a duffel bag around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. The girl was dressed in short sleeves, dark pants and blue polo sneakers. Her hair was arranged in beaded braids.

Police were doing a routine search for evidence, when they found the second child, stuffed in a suitcase around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He appeared to be between 10 and 12 years old. The boy was dressed in dark blue or black pants with no shirt.

"It's beyond what we can really fathom. I don't know who would hurt a child," said Delray Beach Police spokesperson Nicole Guerriero.

The canal in which the children were found runs eight miles from west to east, and it passes several major thoroughfares, like 441, I-95 and Federal Highway.

Houses line the canal, and neighbors were stunned. "I dunno how anyone could take an innocent child and torture, murder them or anything. Just dump them to be eaten by gators," said one.

"I mean I have children, a daughter, you're suppose to take care of your children," said another.

Many people who use the canal did not notice anything unusual over the weekend, leading them to believe the bodies were dumped within the past 48 hours.

Police are asking anyone who has not seen their grandchild, a niece or nephew to call them.

There's no word yet on how the children died or how long they were in the water for.

Police are investigating the deaths as homicides and believe the killings are related.

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

Rochelle Ritchie and Evan Axelbank contributed to this story.

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