Police search cemetery in connection with Forest of Dean suitcases killing

Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have been searching a cemetery in connection with the death of a woman whose remains were discovered in two suitcases in the Forest of Dean.

The body of Phoenix Netts, 28, was found off the A4136 near a quarry between Monmouth and Coleford on Friday 12 May.

Yesterday officers cordoned off Handsworth Cemetery in Birmingham and began carrying out searches.

Roads were closed off as officers conducted their investigation. Credit: ITV West Country


Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, of Salisbury Road, Birmingham, is charged with murdering Ms Netts between 14 April and 12 May.

Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, of Denmore Gardens, Wolverhampton, is accused of assisting an offender between 25 April and 12 May.

Both are due at Bristol Crown Court on 4 August.

A force spokesman said: "Detectives from West Midlands Police are continuing to progress the investigation into the murder of Phoenix Netts and are carrying out searches in Camp Lane, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham as part of their inquiries.

"Forensic experts will be carrying out examinations of the site over the next few days."