Body of 'fair-haired girl' found in suitcase believed to be Maddie McCann finally identified

By Kirstin Buick
22 October 2015

A body of a little girl discovered in a suitcase in Australia prompted speculation that it may be the body of long-missing British girl Madeleine McCann earlier this year.

But the badly decomposed remains, which were found by a motorist who stopped to see what was in a suitcase lying by the side of the road near Wynarka in south Australia in July, have now been identified as Khandalyce Pearce, a missing two-year-old girl.

'Those people that are responsible for this crime are truly evil'

Khandalyce is the daughter of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson, whose remains were found in a forest in 2010. Karlie's body was about 1 20 0km away from where her daughter's was discovered.

Police have yet to arrest anyone for what appears to be a double murder.

"This is one of the most shocking crimes - shocking and unimaginable - and another family has been torn apart and devastated," Detective Superintendent Des Bray of South Australia Police said.

"Those people that are responsible for this crime are truly evil and must be quickly caught and held to account for what they've done."

Investigators in Madeleine's case contacted authorities in Australia when news emerged of a girl's body discovered earlier this year, but were told that she had been "totally excluded" as a potential victim.

Madeline was three years old when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal.


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