All the 39 people found dead in a truck container in the United Kingdom’s south-eastern county of Essex have all been identified as Vietnamese nationals.
The British police formally identified them on Thursday, and, on Friday, made their names public.
They have since continued discussions with Vietnamese authorities on the issue of repatriating the bodies.
“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”, according to Tim Smith, the assistant chief constable of Essex Police.
Essex Police found the bodies of 39 individuals on 23 October in a truck that was later revealed to have arrived in the UK from Belgium. While initial reports suggested that all the victims were Chinese nationals, it was later confirmed they were all Vietnamese.
Last week, Eamon Harrison from Northern Ireland was detained and accused of 39 counts of manslaughter, human trafficking, and immigration offences.