UPDATE FEBRUARY 23, 2018 11:25:35 After months of negotiations, a suitcase squatting sale on Victoria’s south coast has ended.
Bidding was suspended on Saturday after a woman was found unresponsive in a suitcase on the property.
Police were called to the site on March 17, 2018.
The woman was declared dead and a forensic pathologist is now completing her report.
Police said they are investigating the circumstances of the death.
“At this stage, we do not believe there is a criminal act in this case,” a statement from Victoria Police said.
A number of women in the suitcase squatters group were arrested over the weekend.
The Victoria Police and Immigration Services Joint Investigation Team are continuing to investigate.
“The police are appealing to anyone who may have information to come forward,” police said.
The sale of a suitcase was one of several sales at the site, which was previously occupied by a house.
The group has a history of squatting and selling their belongings at the property, and has been selling their possessions for more than a year.
“I can honestly say that we are not breaking any rules,” one woman said.
“If it is a mistake we are going to get our hands on that, and we’re going to pay for it.”
More than $2 million worth of items have been sold at the squatting site, including a luxury hotel, a swimming pool, and a three-bedroom apartment.
The squatting group also has properties on the outskirts of Melbourne.
A property manager said the group is trying to get their money back.
“We’re not trying to take it, we’re just trying to move it to another site,” he said.
Victoria Police has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman found un-responsive in suitcase.
A police spokesperson said the investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Victoria Police on 1800 333 000 or email [email protected]
This story has been updated to reflect that the sale of the suitcase was suspended due to a “probable homicide investigation”.