Over 10,000 unidentified bodies found in Colombia


Teresa Welsh
Colombia Reports
November 9, 2010

A survey to determine the number of unidentified corpses found by authorities in Colombia has returned a count of 10,084 so far, with more than half of the country’s municipalities yet to report their figures, reports El Espectador.

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The survey, which is being conducted by the Justice and Peace tribunal with the Prosecutor General’s Office, was distributed in July to mayor’s offices in an attempt to get an accurate count of the unidentified bodies registered by authorities across the country. As yet, less than half of the 1,034 municipalities have responded.

According to reports, the departments with the largest amount of unidentified bodies found correspond to areas where conflict has been heightened recently. The department of Antioquia registered the largest amount of dead thus far with 3,573 corpses. This is followed by Meta, with 1,363, and Santander, with 776.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office said it is important that efforts to count the bodies are centralized nationally to ensure all bodies are counted and families are given the opportunity to be identify their kin. There is often confusion in matching an autopsy number with the proper body.

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