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Colombia recovers bodies of victims of forced disappearances

Bogota, May 9 (Prensa Latina) An intervention carried out in a collective grave to recover bodies of victims of forced disappearance, in Samaná, Caldas (center), allowed the recovery of 171,806 bone structures, informed today the Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia (JEP).

The unprecedented operation, as described by the JEP, was carried out during 17 days in the San Agustin Cemetery by a specialized forensic team.

The analysis showed that the more than 170,000 bone structures recovered (isolated parts of unidentified bodies) would represent 831 people (for the number of structures that make up a complete body).

However, upon analyzing each structure, only 113 anatomical blocks could be identified, that is, 113 complete bodies.

From these findings, the Forensic Technical Support Group team identified 42 structures showing signs of violent events associated with the armed conflict, which were sent to Forensic Medicine for identification.

The remaining 42 with signs of aggression were left in the care of the cemetery administration and the Municipal Mayor’s Office, since they are not of forensic interest because they do not present traumas or signs of violent death.

The recovery of the bodies of the victims of disappearance in the framework of the conflict is only one more step in the identification chain, which is defined after the genetic cross-checking of the information provided by relatives looking for their loved ones and includes medical, teeth and anthropological aspects, noted the source.

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