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Experts confirm DNA of remains of combatant killed in Playa Giron (+Photo)

Matanzas, Cuba, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) After testing the human remains found in 2019 in the town of Playa Girón, in the Cuban province of Matanzas, experts confirmed on Tuesday that they belong to Máximo Ramón Jaureguí Díaz, a combatant in the April 1961 heroic deed.

According to, a group of experts told a press conference that the remains of the young revolutionary who fought against the mercenaries at Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) have been absolutely identified.

Based on the comparison of samples of the 20-year-old combatant from the province of Cienfuegos and his living relatives, genetic markers were studied, specifically the polymorphisms that appear in the chromosome, which made it possible to demonstrate his paternal line.

Local media noted that the results end the identification process carried out by the Forensic Anthropology Work Team (ETAF) of the Provincial Legal Medicine Service of Matanzas, with the application of various techniques such as osteoscopy and osteometry in order to establish the relative identity of the individual.

At the press conference, ETAF Chief Joel Monzon Gonzalez highlighted the participation of forensic doctors, anthropologists and forensic odontologists, criminal experts and historians, and emphasized that the DNA tests were done at the Central Laboratory of Criminalistics in Havana.

The head of Thanatology of the Service, Norge Estupiñán, recalled that on August 28, 2019, the human remains were found in a sector under repair near the Playa Girón hotel, very close to the sea, where a hydraulic ditch was being undertaken.

On August 29 and 30 we worked on site, it was a complex work as we had to sift all the material found in the pit, with a metal detector we located different elements such as backpack clasps, he indicated.

He pointed out that previously the ETAF had participated in other historical investigations related to different personalities, such as the son of Cuban National Hero José Martí and German naturalist Juan Cristóbal Gundlach, as well as Crescencio Galañena Hernández and Jesús Cejas Arias, victims of the Condor Operation in Argentina.

At the time of his death, Máximo Ramón Jaureguí Díaz was 20 years old and was a member of a family of eight, including five men who all participated in the heroic deed of Playa Girón.


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