Murder victim named after human remains discovered in two suitcases in Forest of Dean

Will Taylor
News Reporter
Phoenix Netts' body was found in Gloucestershire. (West Midlands Police)

A woman whose remains were found in two suitcases in the Forest of Dean has been named as two people appeared in court charged with her murder.

West Midlands Police said a body discovered near a quarry in Coleford, Gloucestershire, on 12 May was that of 28-year-old Phoenix Netts.

Two people appeared in court charged with her murder on Tuesday. Officers are still trying to determine where she was killed.

Paying tribute, her family said in a statement: “As a family we are devastated with what has happened to Phoenix.

“We ask most humbly that our family’s privacy is respected whilst we grieve and come to terms with the loss of Phoenix in such tragic circumstances.

“Whilst we understand this is a news story, we hope everyone can understand why we need to be left alone at this very difficult time.

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“We have family and good friends supporting us and our thanks go out to all of them.

“We would also like to thank all the police officers involved in the investigation for their hard work and sensitivity.”

Two suitcases were discovered after a member of the public told police about a car driving erratically in the Forest of Dean.

A post-mortem examination was inconclusive and investigators continue to try and establish her cause of death, it was reported last week.

Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, from Salisbury Road, Birmingham, has been charged with the murder of a woman on or before 12 May.

Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Denmore Gardens, Wolverhampton, was charged with assisting an offender on or before 12 May.

Both appeared at Gloucester Crown Court on Tuesday morning.

Gordon was remanded in prison while Sorathiya was granted conditional bail, and both will appear at Bristol Crown Court on 4 August.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths, of West Midlands Police’s homicide team, said: “Firstly, I’d like to offer my sincere condolences to Phoenix’s family.

“We’ve worked closely with colleagues at Gloucestershire over the past week and our investigation continues at pace.

“We’d urge anyone with any information about the tragic loss of Phoenix’s life to get in touch with us."