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THE bodies of 39 Vietnamese nationals who were found dead in Thurrock have all been returned to their home country, it has been announced.
A joint statement by Essex Police and the Essex coroner’s office said each of the deceased individuals had now been identified and returned home.
The bodies were discovered in the back of a lorry container on October 23.
Caroline Beasley-Murray, senior coroner for Essex, said: “I am grateful to Essex Police, the forensic pathologists, Broomfield mortuary staff, along with all the others who ensured a speedy conclusion to the identification of the victims.
“I am glad that all the victims of this appalling tragedy have now been repatriated and our thoughts remain with the bereaved families at this dreadful time for them.”
Tim Smith, Assistant Chief Constable of Essex Police, said: “On behalf of everyone at Essex Police, I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims as they are reunited with their loved ones following their tragic deaths in October. Our thoughts are with them.
“While the process to repatriate the victims back to Vietnam from the UK has concluded, I continue to have detectives and police staff working tirelessly on what is a large and complex investigation.
“On October 23, 39 men, women and children died needlessly as a result of this fateful journey and we remain committed to ensuring that we do all we can to bring those involved to justice.”