A woman whose body was found in two suitcases in Gloucestershire last week has been named.
The body of Phoenix Netts, 28, was discovered in the Forest of Dean last Tuesday.
Exactly where Phoenix was killed is still unknown.
Detectives from West Midlands Police are now leading the murder investigation, having worked alongside Gloucestershire Constabulary.
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 (May 19).
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 West Midlands Police 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.”