UPDATE: Names of 39 lorry dead released by police

Essex Police has now released the details of the 39 Vietnamese people whose bodies were found in a container shipped from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Essex.

Formal identification has been established via an Identification Commission, overseen by Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Essex, Mrs Caroline Beasley-Murray.

The senior officer in overall charge of the enquiry, Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said: “This was an incredibly important process and our team has been working hard to bring answers to worried families who fear their loved one may be among those whose tragic journey ended on our shores.

“Our priority has been to identify the victims, to preserve the dignity of those who have died and to support the victims’ friends and families.

“It remained of paramount importance to us to ensure that an individual’s next of kin were  informed, and that they were given some time to absorb this tragic news before we publicly confirmed their loved one’s identity.

“We have worked closely with the National Crime Agency, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Vietnamese Authorities to identify and locate their families.

The people who died were:

Pham Thi Tra My              26-year-old woman from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Dinh Luong        20-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Huy Phong          35-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Vo Nhan Du                        19-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Tran Manh Hung              37-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Tran Khanh Tho                 18-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Vo Van Linh                        25-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Van Nhan            33-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Bui Phan Thang                 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Huy Hung            15-year-old boy from Ha Tinh
Tran Thi Tho                       21-year-old woman from Nghe An
Bui Thi Nhung                    19-year-old woman from Nghe An
Vo Ngoc Nam                     28-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Dinh Tu                26-year-old man from Nghe An
Le Van Ha                            30-year-old man from Nghe An
Tran Thi Ngoc                    19-year-old woman from Nghe An
Nguyen Van Hung            33-year-old man from Nghe An
Hoang Van Tiep                 18-year-old man from Nghe An
Cao Tien Dung                   37-year-old man from Nghe An
Cao Huy Thanh                  37-year-old man from Nghe An
Tran Thi Mai Nhung        18-year-old woman from Nghe An
Nguyen Minh Quang       20-year-old man from Nghe An
Le Trong Thanh                 44-year-old man from Dien Chau
Pham Thi Ngoc Oanh      28-year-old woman from Nghe An
Hoang Van Hoi                   24-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Tho Tuan             25-year-old man from Nghe An
Dang Huu Tuyen               22-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Trong Thai           26-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Van Hiep             24-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Thi Van                35-year-old woman from Nghe An
Tran Hai Loc                        35-year-old man from Nghe An
Duong Minh Tuan            27-year-old man from Quang Binh
Nguyen Ngoc Ha               32-year-old man from Quang Binh
Nguyen Tien Dung           33-year-old man from Quang, Binh
Phan Thi Thanh                 41-year-old woman from Hai Phong
Nguyen Ba Vu Hung        34-year-old man from Thua Tien Hue
Dinh Dinh Thai Quyen    18-year-old man from Hai Phong
Tran Ngoc Hieu                 17-year-old boy from Hai Duong
Dinh Dinh Binh                  15-year-old boy from Hai Phong


Consultation is underway with regard to the repatriation of the bodies.

Mick Ferris

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