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Austrian police find bodies after suitcases surface on lake

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Image caption Police are working to identify the remains

Police in Austria have discovered two bodies in a lake, one dismembered and hidden in two suitcases.

The first suitcase was found on Sunday by a man walking near Traunsee lake by the town of Gmunden. A police dog found the second suitcase on Monday.

Police said the body in the suitcases was probably that of a woman aged about 70.

Later on Monday, police announced they had found the body of a man. It is not clear whether the two are connected.

The male body was found at the bottom of the lake, a suitcase full of rock attached to a wrist, Austria's Kurier newspaper reports (in German).

Investigators are working to identify the victims and establish a cause of death. The process was being hampered in the case of the female victim by the lack of a complete set of remains, police said.

The walker who recovered the first case from the lake reported seeing a pair of hands and feet, local media say.

Gmunden lies about 80km (50 miles) east of Salzburg.

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