The Remains of a baby left in a suitcase by the side of a highway in South Australia was identified Wednesday as two-year-old Khandalyce Kiara Pearce. Australian police made the identification after discovering that the body of her mother, Karlie Jade Pearce, 20, found in New South Whales in 2010 shared the same DNA and blood samples. Police confirmed that both mother and daughter had been brutally murdered but the time and circumstances are still unknown.
The murderer is still at large and Australian Police are urging members of the public who have any clues to come forward to help solve this case. Particularly those that run motels and trailer parks to check their record to see if Karlie and Khandalyce had stayed there.
Killer Ivan Milat who buried many of his victims in Belango forest the location where the mother’s body was found has been ruled out as a suspect as he was in jail at the time of Pearce’s death.
Superintendent Des Bray said, ‘’those that are responsible for these horrific crimes remain amongst us in the community, and they must quickly be caught and held accountable for their actions.”
Single mother Pearce and her daughter lived in an area called Alice Springs were Pearce spent most of her life. In 2008 she left to work and travel around Australia with Khandalyce. Pearce lost contact with her family not long after she left and a missing persons report was filed by the Victims mother in 2009. It has not been determined at this time why Pearce lost contact with her family. The last known whereabouts of Pearce was reported on Nov. 8, 2008 in Coober Pedy but it is not clear of her movements after that.
The father of Khandalyce has been ruled out as a suspect for now. According to 9 News Australia the NSW and SA Homicide Squads are working closely to complete the picture of Karlie’s life, particularly since the birth of Khandalyce in 2006.