Wednesday 28 March 2012
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Bodies of Four Missing Youngsters Found in Honduras

Four of the six bodies found in a clandestine cemetery belong to yougsters reported missing since March 14, as confirmed by preliminary evidence in the hands of forensic scientists.

The illegal burial site was discovered in a maize plantation near a river, on the outskirts of La Ceiba city, in northern Atlantida department.

According to the experts, the evidence linked the remains to Brenda Hernandez, Yumissa Arlet, James Stoel and Kevin Hyde. They said that Yumisa had a star tattooed on her back, Brenda used red-rubber-band braces, and papers belonging to Kevin were found in the grave.

The four youngsters had gone out together in the afternoon of March 14 and were never seen since then. The vehicle used by them was found dismantled the following day, according to several sources.

This is the third clandestine grave found in the first months of this year. The first was found in San Pedro Sula on February 13 and the second was found in Tela, on February 17.

Exhumation works started on Sunday, and three deep tombs were found, the first presumably the body of a security guard disappeared in February; the second with an unidentified young man and the third with two female and two male bodies, said the experts.

Regional coordinator of the Justice Ministry, Adonay Padilla, said to have met with the relatives of disappeared people to request photos and information leading to identify those bodies.

Military fatigues were also found in the cemetery and Deputy Superintendent Hector Ivan Mejia said suspects that might be involved in these deaths have been identified.

Spokesman for the Security Department, Hector Ivan Mejia, said investigation is still on at the clandestine burial site, where more bodies might be found.

The action coincided with the intervention of authorities in the police district of La Ceiba, a city considered the Mecca of organized crime. The presence of authorities of the National Criminal Investigation Department in that unit is a tacit recognition that there are police officers involved in criminal actions, admitted Mejia in remarks to website.

National Human Rights Commissioner Ramon Custodio told the website that police has become an instrument of uncertainty and lack of safety in the country and termed as serious that Honduras lives under "police terrorism."

According to Custodio, at least 46,450 people were killed in violent actions in 2000-2011, including 7,104 in 2011 and 12,838 in the 23 months of the current government.




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