First Vietnamese victim in major UK fire identified through fingerprint

August, 14/2022 - 11:32
Nguyen Van Uoc was one of four Vietnamese nationals, the others are Chu Van Cuong, Nguyen Van Duong, and Le Thanh Nam, who were reported missing to the police on Thursday July 21, 2022, and may have been inside the mill during a fire on Saturday May 7, 2022.
Bismark House Mill after the fire on May 7, 2022. Photo courtesy of Greater Manchester Police

MANCHESTER — Partial human remains recovered from Bismark House Mill in the UK have been identified, through fingerprint analysis, as Nguyen Van Uoc, according to Greater Manchester Police.

Uoc was one of four Vietnamese nationals, the others are Chu Van Cuong, Nguyen Van Duong, and Le Thanh Nam, who were reported missing to the police on Thursday, July 21, 2022, and may have been inside the mill during a fire on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Police are waiting for more DNA test results to identify further victims.

Nguyen Van Uoc. — Photo courtesy of Greater Manchester Police

The 31-year-old maintained regular contact with his wife until the date of the fire, at which time he said he was in a mill.

Teams have been searching the remnants of the mill since demolition workers discovered human remains on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes, GMP’s Victim Identification lead, said: “On behalf of all involved in Operation Logan, I send condolences to Uoc’s wife and his loved ones. Specially-trained officers are in direct contact with them and to ensure they are fully updated and supported.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish why Uoc and other individuals, currently unidentified, were in the mill during the fire. Anyone with information which may assist us should contact Greater Manchester Police or Crimestoppers, anonymously.”

According to the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK, right after receiving the information from the local police, the Consular Department (under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) contacted and sent condolences to the victim’s family and guided them through the necessary procedures.

Counsellor and Deputy Ambassador of Việt Nam to the UK Tô Minh Thu said that following the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consular Department, the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK continues to actively and closely coordinate with relevant authorities in the UK and Việt Nam to quickly complete the identification process of other victims, support victims’ families with necessary post-mortem procedures, and at the same time expedite the investigation, and ensure the legitimate rights and interests of Vietnamese citizens.

The Vietnamese Embassy in the UK said that Vietnamese citizens who need assistance or have related information can contact the citizen protection hotline of the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK, phone number +44 7713 181 501.

They could also contact Greater Manchester Police via 101. In an emergency, always dial 999. International callers can contact GMP via +441618725050. Information can also be submitted in English or Vietnamese via the Major Incident Public Portal: Public Portal (mipp.police.uk)

Anyone who would like to remain anonymous can share information via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. — VNS

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