Divers to search canal where children found dead
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.
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