Container victims have now all been identified

ESSEX Police has now verified the identities of the 39 people discovered dead in a container in West Thurrock on Wednesday, 23 October

A series of files have been brought before an Identification Commission, and HM Senior Coroner Mrs Caroline Beasley-Murray has now formally identified all of the victims, and the families of those victims have been notified.

Mrs Beasley-Murray said: “May I take this opportunity to offer my deepest condolences to the victims’ families.” 

The senior officer in charge of the enquiry, Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said: “This is an important step in the investigation and enables us to work with our Vietnamese Police colleagues to support the families of those victims.

“It is only right that we provide an opportunity for family members to take in the news confirming the death of their loved ones before releasing any further information. Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those whose tragic journey ended on our shores.”

Essex Police continues to lead the investigation, working with the National Crime Agency and with European Law Enforcement colleagues.