British authorities say they consider all 39 people found dead in a container truck in southeast England a week were nationals.
Detectives originally said the victims found close to the vent of Purfleet were from China.
Essex Police Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said Friday that”at the moment we consider the victims are nationals, and we’re in touch with the Vietnamese authorities.”
He said authorities believe they’ve tracked the relatives of a number of those deceased.
Another man was detained Friday in Ireland, and others in Vietnam.
Authorities in Vietnam and Ireland created three brand new arrests Friday from the sprawling investigation.
Two individuals suspected of coordinating a people-smuggling surgery in Vietnam were detained in Ha Tinh province after reports from 10 households thereof lost relatives, VTV television reported.
Col. Nguyen Tien Nam, deputy leader of Ha Tinh provincial authorities, was quoted as saying the suspects were directly involved with the situation where individuals paid smugglers to be obtained into England and are feared to be one of the bodies located at the container.
Authorities said the suspects have been coordinating people smuggling in the region for many decades.
Back in Ireland, a 22-year-old guy was detained about the Oct. 23 discovery of their bodies in what seems to have been a botched people-smuggling operation. Essex authorities in Britain, that murdered the European Arrest Warrant where he had been detained, began extradition proceedings to deliver him into the U.K. to confront charges of manslaughter.
He had been ordered detained before a hearing Nov. 11.
The analysis is gathering speed, but police have been not able to identify the victims or state precisely where they came out.
Police originally said the victims were from China, but the attention changed to Vietnam when households there reported they hadn’t heard from loved ones that had been in transit at the moment.
In Britain, authorities have charged 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, also in Northern Ireland, together with 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic individuals.
They’ve announced a deal with Belgium allowing more British police officers to be established in Zeebrugge.
British authorities on Friday requested two additional suspects, Ronan and Christopher Hughes, to turn in.
Police say they’ve spoken to Ronan Hughes by phone but wish to speak to both in person.