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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Two Children bodies are found in suitcase, How SICK!

Second child's body found in luggage in Delray Beach canal
Boy, age 10 to 12 found around 3 p.m. in canal after girl, 6 to 12, found around 9 a.m.

10:25 p.m. EST, March 2, 2011
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Delray Beach —
Police found the bodies of two young children stuffed in luggage and submerged in a canal on Wednesday within hours of each other.

A girl's body, between 6 and 12 years old, was found in a black duffel bag around 9 a.m. in the C-15 canal, a few hundred yards west of the two-lane bridge connecting Carl Bolter Drive and Brant Drive, Delray Beach police Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said.

Around 3 p.m., Delray Beach and Boca Raton police divers found the boy's body, about 10-12 years old, stuffed in a black canvas-type suitcase. The boy's body was about a half mile west of where the girl's body was found, Guerriero said.

Police have no clues to the children's identities.

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The girl is described as black and weighing 70-90 pounds. She is just over 4 feet tall and her hair was braided with white or clear beads, according to the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office.

She was wearing a short-sleeved shirt, dark-colored pants and blue 'Polo' brand sneakers, Guerriero said. The boy also was black, and wearing dark blue or black shorts.

The medical examiner had not confirmed Wednesday night if the children were blood relatives, but, Guerriero said, detectives believe the boy and girl may be related because of their close proximity in the canal and that both bodies were packed in luggage.

"Somebody knows them," Guerriero said. "Somebody's missing these kids, whether it's a teacher, a grandfather, a grandmother, an aunt, and we need them to call."

Investigators don't know how long the bodies were in the water or how they got there.

"There's lots of access to this canal," Guerriero said. "It could be [tossed] from a bridge, it could [have floated there] from another city. Who knows?"

The canal runs from U.S. 441 to the Intracoastal Waterway. Canal current could have carried the bodies to Delray Beach from anywhere along its length, she said.

Neighbors in the area were rattled by the discoveries.

"I'm devastated, poor little child," Jackie Jeffrey said earlier in the day, before the second body had been found. "It's just a crazy parent, that's what I'm thinking."

Christine Abramson just moved onto Eagle Drive six months ago.

"It's terrible, it's terrifying," she said. "You wouldn't expect that from this neighborhood."

The area is a middle-class, south-Delray Beach community with well-kept homes on large lots surrounded by manicured lawns with plenty of children.

"You don't worry about them going outside," Jeffrey said.

"I don't think it was anyone from around here," daughter Alyssa Mazza, 19, said.

Police were releasing as much information as they could as fast as they could to try to identify the children as quickly as possible, Guerriero said.

"We're checking national databases trying to see if there's any [missing] child that matches the description," she said.

With easy access to the canal from Interstate 95, Congress Avenue, Federal Highway and all points in between, disposing of the bodies would not have been difficult, Guerriero said.

"These children could be from anywhere," she said. "They could even be from out of state."

Detectives plan to work with the Palm Beach County School District to search for patterns of children suddenly absent from class, she said.

Divers were shaken up when they discovered the boy's body, Guerriero said. They were in the canal looking for evidence related to discovery of the girl when they found the suitcase with the boy.

The underwater search is to resume Thursday.

"God forbid [more bodies are found]. We never thought we'd find two," Guerriero said. "It's bad, it's devastating, it's really horrible."

"There is a bad person out there right now," Guerriero said. "There is a very dangerous person still out there and we need to find that person so he doesn't do this to another child."

Police ask anyone with information to contact Delray Beach police Detective Pete Sosa, 561-243-7828; Detective Jason Jabcuga, 561-243-6220; or CrimeStoppers, 800-458-8477.

wkroustan@tribune or 561-243-6623


  1. The Same canal

    Missing Delray Beach Man Found Dead In Canal
    Posted: 9:59 am EST March 2, 2011

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- A man who had been missing since Jan. 25 was found dead in a canal near his home.

    Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials said Wednesday the 2003 Hyundai driven by 71-year-old Mark Kanners sank into the canal, where it could not been seen. The man had somehow driven the car between a concrete post and line of hedges.

    Kanners was reported missing by his family in January after they had not heard from him for nearly three days.

    It was not clear how officials found the vehicle. A Silver Alert was issued when Kanners was reported missing because he was showing signs of dementia and had other health issues.

  2. Divers To Search Canal Where Children Found Dead
    MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press
    Posted: 10:11 pm EST March 2, 2011
    Updated: 6:21 am EST March 3, 2011

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Divers planned to continue scouring a South Florida canal Thursday, a day after the gruesome discovery of two children whose bodies were stuffed in luggage.

    A little girl, believed to be 6 to 10 years old, was found in a duffel bag Wednesday. Hours later, and a half-mile away, a boy, who appeared to be 10 to 12 years old, was found inside a suitcase. Delray Beach detectives presume the two bodies are linked, but have no definitive evidence.

    The bodies didn't immediately match the descriptions of any known missing children, police said.

    The wide canal where the children were found flows east to west, stretching between U.S. 441 and the Intracoastal Waterway and passing beneath Florida's Turnpike and Interstate 95.

    "Where they were found, these kids could have been from anywhere," said Sgt. Nicole Guerriero, Delray Beach police spokeswoman.

    An autopsy will help determine how long the children had been in the water. Authorities told the Palm Beach Post both bodies were intact but "had been affected" by the water.

    Delray Beach is a prim oceanside city about 20 miles southeast of West Palm Beach.

    Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.