UPDATE: male found in transit crate identified

We are now in a position to name one of the two males whose bodies were found in a transit crate at a Branston warehouse last November.

He is teenager Khalid Sorki from the Taliban-controlled Turkmen Valley area of Afghanistan. His family have been informed and arrangements are being made to repatriate him with the generous support and funding of the Afghanistan community.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Giles of Staffordshire Police, said: “We extend our condolences to Khalid’s family. It is tragic that they lost a young member of their family in such circumstances although we are pleased to have been able to provide them with some answers as to what had happened to him.

“Khalid was identified through comparing DNA samples provided by his parents with his DNA profile.

“He is believed to be 16 or 17 years old. We will never know his exact age as in Afghanistan dates of birth do not hold the same significance as they do here.”

He added that progress was being made in the investigation to formally identify the second male found in the crate.

Police were called to a warehouse at Ferroli in Lichfield Road, Branston, just before 9am on November 17, following the discovery of two bodies within a wooden transit crate.

The wooden crate was part of a consignment of commercial boilers which had left northern Italy on October 5 and entered the UK by ferry from Dunkirk to Dover three days later. It was delivered to the warehouse in Branston later the same day where it remained untouched until employees became suspicious due to its unpleasant smell and appearance. Upon investigation they discovered the bodies inside the crate and notified police immediately.

Author: sp24237

Communications Officer at Staffordshire Police