October 23, 2018 / 3:43 PM / 22 days ago

Saudi consulate vehicle searched in Istanbul in Khashoggi investigation - CNN Turk

Turkish police forensic experts in white overalls stand next to clothes as they examine a car of Saudi Arabia's Consulate which was found at a car park in Istanbul, Turkey October 23, 2018 in this black and white still image taken from a video obtained by A News. Courtesy A News/Handout/Reuters TV/via REUTERS.

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish investigators have found two suitcases and other items in a Saudi consulate car in Istanbul, as part of the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear whether any of the items belonged to Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and Saudi national who disappeared after visiting the consulate in Istanbul.

A Reuters witness said a Saudi team accompanied the Turkish investigators as they carried out the search in a car park where the vehicle was found in Istanbul’s Sultangazi district on Monday.

Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate by Saudi agents on Oct. 2. On video footage he did not appear to be carrying belongings when he entered the consulate that day.

The search of the vehicle in the car park has been halted and will resume on Wednesday morning, the broadcaster said.

Reporting by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan and Andrew Roche

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