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Australian police: Body in suitcase is daughter of woman whose remains were found in forest

Police Detective Inspector Jason Dickinson holds up a photo of Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson and her daughter Khandalyce Kiara Pearce, during a press conference in Sydney, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. A child whose decomposed body was found in a suitcase in southern Australia earlier this year is the daughter of a woman whose skeletal remains were found in 2010 in a forest 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) away, police said. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP) NO ARCHIVING, AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT, PAPUA NEW GUINEA OUT, SOUTH PACIFIC OUT

Police Detective Inspector Jason Dickinson holds up a photo of Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson and her daughter Khandalyce Kiara Pearce, during a press conference in Sydney, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. A child whose decomposed body was found in a suitcase in southern Australia earlier this year is the daughter of a woman whose skeletal remains were found in 2010 in a forest 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) away, police said. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP) NO ARCHIVING, AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT, PAPUA NEW GUINEA OUT, SOUTH PACIFIC OUT  (The Associated Press)

Police say a child whose decomposed body was found in a suitcase in southern Australia earlier this year is the daughter of a woman whose skeletal remains were found in a forest 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) away in 2010.

The identities of both bodies had long stumped police in two states until they received a tip on a crime prevention hotline two weeks ago. South Australia state police said Wednesday that the caller suggested that the girl in the suitcase might be a missing 2-year-old named Khandalyce Pearce.

DNA tests confirmed that the remains were indeed Khandalyce's. DNA tests then confirmed that a skeleton found in a New South Wales state forest in 2010 belonged to Khandalyce's 20-year-old mother, Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson.