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Body in forest murder victim named as suspects appear in court

A woman whose body was discovered in the Forest of Dean last Tuesday (12 May) has been named as Phoenix Netts. 

Detectives from West Midlands Police have been working closely with colleagues at Gloucestershire Constabulary and are now leading the murder investigation.

Exactly where Phoenix, who lived in Birmingham, was killed is still unknown. Officers continue to follow-up a number of enquiries in a bid to establish what happened.

 

Phoenix Netts
Phoenix Netts

Our specialist family liaison officers are working with the 28-year-old’s family at this devastating time.

A statement released on behalf of Phoenix’s family reads: “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.

“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 people charged in connection with the murder appeared at Gloucester Crown Court this morning (19 May).

Gareeca Conita Gordon, aged 27, from Salisbury Road, Birmingham was charged with the murder of a woman on or before 12 May 2020. Mahesh Sorathiya, aged 38, from Denmore Gardens, Wolverhampton was charged with assisting an offender on or before the 12 May.

Gordon was remanded into prison, while the court granted Sorathiya conditional bail, and both are next due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on 4 August.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths from our 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."

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