Police try to identify 39 people found dead in truck — and how they reached UK

As the horrifying series of events unfolded, Members of Parliament speculated in the House of Commons that the incident was linked to human trafficking — a claim yet to be confirmed by the police.

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Morris Robinson, a 25-year-old Northern Irish truck driver, was arrested on suspicion of murder after a truck, originating from Northern Ireland, and a container with the victims were found at an industrial park in Grays, Essex, a town 20 miles east of London.

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CNN witnessed Northern Ireland forces search two properties in County Armagh, southwest of Belfast. Local residents identified one of the properties as the home of Robinson’s parents.

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They also told CNN that Robinson’s parents have traveled to England to support him.

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Essex Police said Wednesday that the container arrived at a nearby town, on the River Thames, after traveling from the Belgian port city of Zeebrugge early Wednesday, before it was transported by the truck to Waterglade Industrial Park.

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Belgian officials said Thursday that an investigation focusing on the “organizers of and all other parties involved in this transport,” adding that the container arrived at Zeebrugge on October 22 and left the port the same day.

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“It is not yet clear when the victims were placed in the container and whether this happened in Belgium,” the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.

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