Woman charged with murder after human remains found in suitcases in Forest of Dean

The remains were found inside two suitcases in the Forest of Dean. Credit: ITV West Country

A woman has appeared in court charged with murder following the discovery of human remains inside two suitcases in the Forest of Dean.

Gareeca Conita Gordon has been charged with a woman's murder after the discovery was made on Tuesday 12 May.

The 27-year-old appeared before Cheltenham Magistrates' Court today (Saturday 16 May) accused of killing the woman sometime between April 14 and May 12 2020 at her home.

She spoke only to confirm her name, address, date of birth and Jamaican nationality and has been remanded in custody.

Gordon will appear at Gloucester Crown Court on 19 May.

Another person, 38-year-old Mahesh Sorathiya, has been charged with assisting an offender and also appeared before magistrates.

Like Gordon, he was also remanded into custody to appear before Gloucester Crown Court on Tuesday via videolink.

On Tuesday evening (12 May) police offers pulled over a car in Coleford after it had been reported by a member of the public.

This led to the discovery of two suitcases containing the female remains, close a quarry near Coleford.

Police are awaiting results of DNA tests to establish the identity of the victim.

A post-mortem examination was found to be inconclusive and further examinations are ongoing to establish how she died.