Grenfell Tower: Police Retrieve All ‘Visible Remains’
London police officials have said that they have recovered all ‘visible human remains’ from the Grenfell Tower apartment block in Kensington that was devastated by a fire on 14 June.
The investigation into the blaze has been ongoing, with British Prime Minister, Theresa May, assembling a special task force to take charge of the investigation. More than 80 people were killed in the fire, although authorities believe the death toll will rise as the investigation continues.
London’s Metropolitan Police Force said on Wednesday that they have made 87 ‘recoveries’ of human remains, although they said that these may not be from 87 different people.
Police Commander, Stuart Cundy, said that forensic specialists rummaged through tonnes of debris, and sent the human remains they found to the mortuary. They will continue to sift through debris on 24 floors of the building.
“Until formal identification has been completed to the coroner’s satisfaction I cannot say how many people have now been recovered,” he said.
Curdy also confirmed that the investigation will take ‘many more months’ before it is completed.
According to police, at least 80 people are either dead, missing or presumed dead. Thus far, authorities have only been able to make 21 positive identifications.
The British government also announced on Wednesday that they have enlisted the help of outside experts to help with the recovery and identification process.
The local councils of Kensington and Chelsea have received extreme backlash from the community for their ‘slow response’ to the aftermath of the fire, the investigation, and the identification process.
Kensington Council Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, said that the independent task force that has been put in place will help local officials with the recovery and identification process.