LONDON – The 39 people found dead in a truck in an industrial property near London are believed to be Chinese, police said on Thursday, as more details emerged about the incident.
"Each of the 39 people must go through a complete coroner process to determine the cause of death before moving on to trying to identify each individual in the trailer," a police statement said.
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Officials add that 31 were men and eight women. They were all thought to be adults, police added. Police said earlier that the teenager was among those killed.
Police also raided three properties in Northern Ireland after the bodies were discovered in a container at a Grace facility about 20 miles east of central London in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Police have arrested a driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, on suspicion of murder.
Police say the trailer arrived at the docks in Essex, South England after traveling from Zeebrugge to Belgium and the bodies were found a little over an hour later at 1:40 p.m.
Red It is assumed that the truck's cabin unit originates in Ireland.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was appalled by the news and received regular updates on an investigation focused on human trafficking.  The National Crime Agency – which conducts organized crime and human trafficking investigations – stated that it aided the investigation and worked to "urgently identify and act on any organized crime groups that played a role in causing these deaths." ".