Remains of third victim found at demolished mill site in Derker

Date published: 04 August 2022


Specialist officers searching the Bismark House Mill on Bower Street in Derker have recovered further human remains, indicating a third victim.

Teams have been searching the remnants of the mill, which was subject to a fire on Saturday, May 7, 2022, since demolition workers discovered human remains on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

It is believed that four Vietnamese nationals, who were reported missing to GMP on Thursday, July 21, 2022, may have been inside.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes, GMP’s Victim Identification lead, said: “I speak on behalf of all involved in this operation when I say that our thoughts are with the potential family members in Vietnam.

"Specially-trained officers have been in direct contact with them and continue to liaise with partner agencies to ensure they are fully updated and supported.

“At the scene, extensive search and recovery work continues to ensure any further remains are respectfully recovered.

"Meanwhile, the investigation team is following several lines of enquiry relating to the fire and activities at the mill beforehand.

"Any criminal offences identified as part of their investigation will be progressed immediately and appropriately.

“Anyone with information which may assist us should contact Greater Manchester Police or Crimestoppers, anonymously.”

Anyone with information should 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 here

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


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