A woman whose charred and dismembered body was found in suitcases dumped in a forest was called 28-year-old Phoenix Netts today.
The young woman was murdered in a women’s shelter in Birmingham, where she lived for several months.
Police fear she was “cut in two” before being burned.
Phoenix Netts, 28, was murdered, her dismembered body was found in some suitcases in the Forest of Dean. Her body was also burned
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, pictured in the woods next to Stowfield Quarry in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, searched the area for several days looking for evidence
Police have also searched a women’s shelter in Birmingham, where they believe Ms. Netts has been murdered
27-year-old Gareeca Gordon, who also lived in the seven-bed HMO in the city’s Lozells area, has been charged with murder.
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 today 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.”
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
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.
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.
“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.”
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. ‘
Ms. Netts was reportedly dismembered with a circular saw before being packed in boxes.
Police detained two people in Coleford, Gloucs – 75 miles (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 Mids.
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.
Neighbors said they recently had relationship problems.