DNA test con­firms iden­tity of hu­man re­mains

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By HUANG ZHILING in Chengdu huangzhiling@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A DNA has test con­firmed that the re­mains of a man found re­cently in a desert in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion be­longed to Li Zhonghua, a na­tive of Sichuan prov­ince, who went miss­ing more than 50 years ago.

Test re­sults were pub­lished by po­lice in Qing­hai prov­ince on Mon­day evening.

The re­mains, about 1.75 me­ters in height, were found by a group of rock col­lec­tors near the Lop Nor basin at the junc­ture of Xin­jiang and Qing­hai early last month. Xin­jiang

Of­fi­cers from Mangyan po­lice sta­tion in the Haixi Mon­go­lian au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture in Qing­hai ar­rived to find the re­mains ly­ing face up, clad in blue over­alls and cot­ton-padded trousers.

A light-yel­low can­vas bag con­tain­ing a news­pa­per, two let­ters, a flash­light and a pair of gog­gles was found by the side of the re­mains. A pon­cho was found about 10 me­ters from the re­mains, while an alu­minum ther­mos flask was found about 100 me­ters away.

High tem­per­a­tures and a lack of rain­fall ex­plains why the be­long­ings in the bag were in­tact, said Tang Tuo­hua, a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The news­pa­per was pub­lished in 1960 and po­lice said the con­tent of the let­ters sug­gest the re­mains were that of Li, who went miss­ing in the 1960s.

Sichuan po­lice con­tacted Li’s ex-wife — 88-year-old Deng Guang­ming, who re­mar­ried after Li went miss­ing — in a vil­lage in Ding­shan town in Bazhong, Sichuan.

Deng said she mar­ried Li, who was sev­eral months older than her, in 1949, a year be­fore he went to fight in the Korean War. He re­turned, wounded, in 1951 and stayed in their home vil­lage for about five years. One day, he told his par­ents he would find work out­side Sichuan. He left and never re­turned.

Po­lice said they do not know why Li per­ished in the desert, ad­ding that he might have died in about April 1961.

Li’s youngest daugh­ter, 63-year-old Li Xi­u­lan, said her family would go to Qing­hai to es­cort her fa­ther’s re­mains home.

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