Law enforcement officials in Arkansas are investigating after the bodies of newborn twins were reportedly discovered in a suitcase by a hunter on Friday.
The infants were found in a purple suitcase in a ditch near County Road 602 in Wynne just before 2 p.m. on Friday, the Cross County Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release. Officials said the babies appear to be twins.
The Arkansas State Crime Lab expects the autopsies for the babies to be completed Tuesday morning, according to Fox 16.
“You know, it’s always something being dumped in this ditch,” Clyde Collins told the station. “To think something like that had happened was kind of strange.”
Collins told Fox 16 he heard a rabbit hunter discovered the suitcase.
“I’ve heard of a lot of things, but I’ve never heard of nobody killing babies and putting them in a suitcase,” Collins added.
Santia Wallace, who lives on the 602, said when she heard the news, she “was shaken up” and “in tears.”
“Here I am, want to have kids and for you to, like, kill them? Like, who does that?” Wallace told WREG. “You could have took him to the fire station, you know, something like that. You don’t have to kill no kids.”
Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Nichols told WREG that authorities have several persons of interest.
The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information to call 870-238-5700.