Wrecked Suitcase Found Near Possible MH370 Debris
Reports say gardener on Reunion Island found badly damaged valise
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2015 9:38 AM CDT
In this photo from yesterday, French police officers inspect a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island.   (AP Photo/Lucas Marie)

(Newser) – One of the biggest aviation mysteries of all time may be one step closer to being solved after what could be debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 washed ashore on an island in the Indian Ocean. Now reports from a French-language news site say that a gardener on Reunion Island discovered a badly damaged suitcase not far from where the wreckage was found, per the Sydney Morning Herald.

Julien Delarue, a journalist for the local paper Le Journal de l'Ile de la Reunion, has been reporting on developments from the island, posting pictures on his Twitter feed that include shots of the debris and now of the luggage, which the Herald describes as coming from a "suitcase on wheels" and having "two rusted zippers, netting, and frayed cloth that resembles the lining seen on standard items of luggage." An eyewitness told Le Parisien that the bag sat for nearly a day on the beach, per the New Zealand Herald. "No one really paid any attention to it," he says. "It's just surreal, it makes me shudder." (Here's more on the possible MH370 debris.)
 

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