Disturbing news out of Essex, England on Wednesday as a man was arrested on suspicion of murder after 39 dead bodies were found inside a Bulgarian-registered semi-truck.
According to the Guardian, the man is believed to be a 25-year-old from Northern Ireland named Mo Robinson.
Law enforcement were alerted to the presence of the bodies at 1:40 a.m. (UK time) on Wednesday morning.
“Shortly before 1.40am today we received reports that a number of people had been found inside a lorry’s container at the Waterglade Industrial Park on Eastern Avenue in Grays. We believe the lorry is from Bulgaria and came in to the UK through Holyhead on the 19th of October,” Essex Police Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills said in a statement.
Robinson’s Facebook page lists him as a semi-truck driver and shows him in what appears to be the same vehicle that was found at the scene.
“Emergency services attended but sadly all 39 people inside the container had died. Early indications suggest that one of these people was a teenager, the rest are believed to be adults,” Mills stated. “A murder investigation was launched and the lorry driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody. At this stage we have not identified where the victims are from or their identities, and we anticipate that this could be a lengthy process.”
Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner of the of Essex police said, “We are in the process of identifying the victims. However I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process. We believe the lorry is from Bulgaria and entered the country at Holyhead on Saturday 19 October and we are working closely with our partners to investigate. We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident who remains in police custody as our inquiries continue.”
Mills requested that anyone with information about this case to contact Essex police.