All 39 lorry dead now identified

All of the bodies discovered in a lorry in Grays have now been formally identified.

Essex Police have been working with Vietnamese police officers to present details of the 31 men and eight women who perished in the refrigerated container to senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray, who has now formally verified their identities.

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.

Mick Ferris

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