A woman’s aunt whose charred and dismembered body was found in suitcases dumped in a forest shared her horror at the nature of her death.
28-year-old Phoenix Netts was murdered in a women’s shelter in Lozells, Birmingham, where she had lived for several months.
Her body was found in two suitcases in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
Now her aunt, Ana-Liliana Netts, 55, has told MailOnline about her horror when she learned of her niece’s death.
She said, “I am shocked that she died in such a horrible way.
“I hadn’t seen her since she was little, but she was a sweet, gentle girl. Her father always proudly told me how smart she was.
“She used to live in Croydon, she was from a very nice family. They must be heartbroken.
Phoenix Netts, 28 (left), was murdered in a women’s shelter in Lozells, Birmingham, before being dismembered and dumped in suitcases. Her aunt Ana-Liliana Netts, 55 (right), told MailOnline about her horror at hearing of her niece’s death
Ms. Netts described her niece as “smart” and “gentle” while sharing her horror at her horrific death
“I haven’t spoken to them since 2005 when my husband Gary died. We’ve drifted a little apart.
“I didn’t know Phoenix lived in Birmingham. She had another aunt up there, Gary’s sister.
“I always remember her as a sweet little girl. I’m so sorry she died that way. ‘
Suspect, 27-year-old Gareeca Gordon, who was charged with the Phoenix murder last week, also lived in the seven-bed HMO in the city’s Lozells area, neighbors say.
Father of two Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton was charged with assisting an offender. He was bailed today
Police are concerned that the victim was “cut in two” before being burned.
Handyman Mahesh Sorithaya, 38, has been accused of assisting an offender.
It is understood that Mrs. Nett’s last known whereabouts date from mid-April. Her phone, which had remained unanswered, was allegedly disconnected last Tuesday.
Her family said yesterday that they had been “devastated” by death.
They said in a statement from the West Midlands Police Department, “As a family, we are devastated at what happened to Phoenix.
“We humbly demand that our family’s privacy be respected while we grieve and accept the loss of Phoenix under such tragic circumstances.
“While we understand this is a news story, we hope everyone understands why we should be left alone in this very difficult time.” We have family and good friends who support us and thank you to all.
“We would also like to thank all police officers involved in the investigation for their hard work and sensitivity.”
Phoenix Netts, 28, was murdered, her dismembered body was found in some suitcases in the Forest of Dean. Her body was also burned
Police searched the area in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, after discovering a man and woman carrying suitcases with body parts
Police, pictured in the woods next to Stowfield Quarry in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, searched the area for several days looking for evidence
Jamaican citizen Gordon, from Birmingham, was detained on charges of murder on or before May 12, 2020.
Father of two Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton was charged with assisting an offender. He was bailed today.
The council-licensed property – reportedly inhabited by neighbors by four vulnerable women – is believed to be the place where Ms. Netts was murdered and dismembered.
Forensic teams continued to analyze the scene for a sixth day, focusing on a bedroom on the first floor of the property where Mrs. Netts lived.
The crime scene detectives were also seen in the garbage cans, a bicycle, and the backyard of the house.
Reportedly, the victim’s body was found “cut in two” and charred.
27-year-old Jamaican Gareeca Conita Gordon was detained on Saturday for the murder.
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She previously lived in North London and went under a false name, a source said.
A neighbor said there were five women living in the property – but only four in recent weeks.
He said, “A white British woman lived in the first floor bedroom, but I haven’t seen her in weeks.
“Definitely not in the past month.
A map in the photo shows where Sorathiya and Gordon were arrested by police after last week’s grim discovery
“I saw Gareeca – she would keep her bike locked outside the house. She was a mixed-race Caribbean woman. She was not fat, she was wearing glasses – just a normal size. She also lived on the first floor.
“We had no idea what had happened until the forensic service and the police arrived on the 13th.
Since then, they’ve been bringing out bags and bags of evidence.
“The strange thing is that the walls are paper thin.
“If there was a fight, I would have just heard it.
“That’s what baffles me.”
Forensic tents, shown. The quarry is on Staunton Road and the closed section also includes a fishery, a former sawmill that now contains storage areas, several houses and a campground
Police started a major operation after discovering the suitcases with body parts
Another neighbor added, “There are many women who come and go from that house. It is a refuge for women – so they all flee from something.
“No men are allowed. You hardly ever see men go in there.
“I was told the victim lived in the house – I thought it was the girl who lived on the ground floor because I hadn’t seen her in a while.
Fortunately, I saw her recently.
“One of the middle bedrooms is where the police have concentrated. There has been a lot of activity there.
The forensic investigation took photos outside the waste bins and went up and down the alley leading to the backyard.
“There are seven bedrooms, but only four are occupied. The surviving women have moved. ‘
Police have also searched a women’s shelter in Birmingham, where they believe Ms. Netts has been murdered
Police and forensic teams were searched at Gordon’s house in Birmingham for clues
Agents also searched Sorathiya’s house in Wolverhampton for evidence
It is believed that Ms Netts was murdered in the women’s shelter in Birmingham last week
Ms. Netts was reportedly dismembered with a circular saw before being packed in boxes.
Police detained two people in Coleford, Gloucestershire – 120 kilometers from Birmingham – last Tuesday evening after being seen irregularly.
One was found near Stowford Quarry and the other was seen further down the road.
Sorathiya has been described as a “handyman” handyman by friends who stored tools in two vans usually seen outside his five-bed home in Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
A white Range Rover – bought as a Valentine’s gift for his wife, Redha – was no longer at home either. There was a Mercedes with a personal registration in the drive.
Sorathiya, who lived in Southall, Middlesex until about three years ago, also lived at home with his elderly mother and teenage children.
Police closed roads near the Forest of Dean while continuing their searches
Other groups of officers searched the house in Birmingham and examined the neighbors
Neighbor Wahidur Rahman, 50, said he was shocked at the death of Ms. Netts.
He said, “Phoenix was a very nice young girl. She was nice.
“We didn’t know her well – all the women in the shelter kept to themselves. They were all vulnerable in a way.
But she always said hello and asked “how are you? “.
“It is so shocking that she was killed and then cut into pieces.
“I thought maybe something had happened to her because I hadn’t seen her in a while.
“The forensic investigation has been in her bedroom for a few days, and today they have darkened the windows.
“They brought bags with things.
“I’m really just in shock. She was a beautiful young girl.
“I’m devastated for her family.”
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