A woman whose body was found in two suitcases has been named as 28-year-old Phoenix Netts.

Officers from Gloucestershire Police had found her body near the English-Welsh border on Tuesday night at 11.30pm near the A4136 between Coleford, in Gloucestershire and Monmouth, in Wales.

They discovered the body after stopping two people walking along a road.

Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, from Birmingham, has been charged with murdering Ms Netts.

Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, of Wolverhampton, is accused of assisting an offender, namely Gordon, on or before May 12.

Officers from Gloucestershire Police have been working closely with colleagues from West Midlands police, with the latter now leading the murder investigation.

A statement from West Midlands Police said: “Exactly where Phoenix was killed is still unknown and officers continue to follow-up a number of enquiries in a bid to establish what happened.

“Our specialist family liaison officers are working with the 28-year-old’s family at this devastating time.”

A statement released on behalf of Phoenix’s family reads: “As a family we are devastated with what has happened to Phoenix.

“We ask most humbly that our family’s privacy is respected whilst we grieve and come to terms with the loss of Phoenix in such tragic circumstances.

“Whilst we understand this is a news story, we hope everyone can understand why we need to be left alone at this very difficult time.

“We have family and good friends supporting us and our thanks go out to all of them.

“We would also like to thank all the police officers involved in the investigation for their hard work and sensitivity.”

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths from West Midland’s homicide team said: “Firstly, I’d like to offer my sincere condolences to Phoenix’s family.

“We’ve worked closely with colleagues at Gloucestershire over the past week and our investigation continues at pace.

“We’d urge anyone with any information about the tragic loss of Phoenix’s life to get in touch with us.”