CLOSEWestlake Legal Group icon_close 39 people found dead in truck container in England were Chinese nationals

LONDON — The 39 people found dead in the back of a truck in England were Chinese nationals. 

The truck, which is believed to have come from Bulgaria and said to have entered the country Saturday, was found by ambulance workers at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays on Wednesday. Grays is about 20 miles east of London.

All 39 people found were pronounced dead at the scene. One is believed to be a teenager.

Essex Police said 25-year-old Mo Robinson from Portadown, Northern Ireland, was arrested after the bodies were found and is still being held by police.

British police have raided two sites in Northern Ireland and questioned a truck driver amid the investigation. Detectives said the trailer containing the victims arrived at Purfleet from Zeebrugge in Belgium at around 12.30 a.m. local time on Wednesday and the front section to which it was attached came from Northern Ireland.

The truck and the trailer with the people inside apparently took separate circuitous journeys before ending up at the industrial park. 

Contributing: AP

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