Honduras Prison Fire – 60 Days After

In five days it will be two months since the tragic fire in the Comayagua Prison, and still the Public Ministry (MP) not has been able to accomplish the delivery of all 361 remains.

Additionally, the MP has been unable to complete their investigation into the individual authorities responsible, by action or inaction, for the events taking place on February 14th of this year.

According to forensic records, only 45 bodies have yet to be delivered to their respective families. DNA analysis, however, is ongoing in Peru and in Chile, as well as Honduras’s own laboratory for forensic genetics.

The MP has urged families of previous inmates to appear at the forensic medicine facility to provide further information, so they may return bodies more quickly. In particular, the MP is asking the families of Florencio Núñez, Heriberto González Membreño, José Santiago Cano López, Paulino Bonilla Sánchez, Víctor Manuel Rodríguez Juárez, Esteban García, Dennis Mauricio Ochoa, Ramón Alberto Castillo Benítez, José Purificación Vásquez Cano, Marco Antonio Bonilla, Ovidio Bueso, Pedro Martínez, Sergio Adonay Padilla, Plutarco López, Ángel Reineiro Guerrero, Adolfo Banegas, Alejandro Galo, Alejandro Meza, Daniel Ferrera, Freddy Abundio Fuentes and José Carlos Dubón to present themselves.

The MP authorities have transferred the forensic team to Tegucigalpa in order to fully utilize them as a professional resource. Holy week increased the number of violent deaths, and it was necessary to for those medical personnel to be available while the DNA results are received.

The remains in the Tegucigalpa morgue have been transported on three occasions; once from Comayagua, a second time to the National Police Academy (ANAPO – Academi Nacional de Policía (Anapo), and now back to the morgue.

A Peruvian forensic left Honduras last week with 34 samples for DNA analysis; the results are expected to be received starting tomorrow, Tuesday. There are also seven samples being analyzed in Chile, and three in the genetic laboratory of Honduras.

Some of the samples taken of burned bodies that were previously analyzed by South American countries cooperating in the work of identification, were “not amplified” enough give a satisfactory result for identification. When a genetic analysis is “not amplified” enough to give a positive result, it is necessary to take more samples of the victim in order to obtain a better quality section of genetic material. That is the work that the forensic Peruvians were performing over the past few days in the country.

The majority of family members waiting for their relatives in the camp headquartered in the vocational training institute, (Infop), decided to return to their places of origin; they expect a call this week to inform them when their family member has been identified.

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