Four Vietnamese nationals believed to have been in a factory when it caught fire have been named by police.
Special operations officers commenced a search of Bismark House Mill, in Oldham, Greater Manchester, after bodies were found by demolition workers last month after a fire on May 7.
On Friday, a Greater Manchester Police spokesman named four people believed to have been in the factory at the time of the fire, who were reported missing on 21 July.
The force said Mr. Cuong Van Chu, 39, arrived in the UK in June 2019 and maintained regular contact with his wife and children until May 7, but the family has not heard from him. .
Uoc Van Nguyen, 31, was also in regular contact with his wife until May 7, when he said he was in a factory, police said.
A spokesman for the force said Duong Van Nguyen, 29, had been in the UK for about a year and last contacted his family about three months ago, when he said he was living in a “house” abandoned” and is looking for work.
The fourth missing person named Nam Thanh Le, 21, arrived in the UK in January and was last contacted by his family on May 4 when he said he was living in an abandoned house. owner at “Dam”, believed to be Oldham. and looking for a job.
Detective Director Lewis Hughes said “thoughts remain with their loved ones”.
Specially trained officers have been in contact with them and they are being “fully updated and supported in Vietnam, just like in the UK”, he said, adding that the search for the Bismark Factory is still ongoing. is continuing to “ensure the recovery of all human remains and any objects of significance”.
He continued: “Although we have reason to suspect Cuong, Uoc, Duong and Nam may have been in the factory during the fire, we still maintain our opinion on the number of people present.”
Det Supt Hughes urged anyone with information about any others who may have been present to proceed, stressing “their safety and wellbeing is our number one priority”.
He added: “We also continue to call for information about the fire or previous operations at the plant.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Greater Manchester Police via 101 quoting Operation Logan or submit information in English or Vietnamese via the Major Incident Public Portal at mipp.police.uk.
Information may also be shared anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.