Four children have been found dead inside a freezer in South Africa, police said on Wednesday, CCTV Africa reports.
The three boys and a girl, aged between four and seven, were last seen playing outside a house in Ermelo, Mpumalanga Province on Tuesday afternoon, the South African Press Association (SAPA) reported, quoting Police Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.
"They were last seen at 1:30 p.m., and their bodies were discovered around 5:30 p.m.," Mohlala said.
"The allegation is that they went into a room attached to the house outside and they found a deep freezer there. It is believed they went or jumped inside it and it closed."
Mohlala said they suffocated, but a postmortem was yet to be carried out.
It was a normal deep freezer that could have closed "air tight" after they were inside it, according to Mohlala.
The children were not siblings. Some were neighbors, he said.
Police had opened an inquest into the circumstances of the incident, according to SAPA.