UK police ID all 39 victims found in a truck container

UK police ID all 39 victims found in a truck container
Candles are laid out as priest of the Vietnamese Catholic Cathedral in east London, Father Simon Thang Duc Nguyen speaks at The Holy Name and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, London's Vietnamese church, in east London. Saturday Nov. 2, 2019, during a service and vigil to honor the 39 victims who died in a refrigerated truck container found on Oct. 23. The community is mourning the unidentified victims, who were trying to enter Britain in hopes of finding opportunity. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — U.K. police say they have formally identified all the 39 people found dead in a shipping container last month in southeastern England and notified their families. 

British authorities have been working with Vietnamese police and the coroner to identify the bodies found Oct. 23 in an industrial park in the town of Grays.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith says the identification work marks “an important step in the investigation and enables us to work with our Vietnamese Police colleagues to support the families of those victims.”

He added “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.”