Hu­man bones found in Mi­jas and Are­nas

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By Oliver McIn­tyre HU­MAN skele­tal re­mains were found in coun­try­side ar­eas of Mi­jas and Are­nas (near VélezMálalga) on Thurs­day of last week, in two un­re­lated cases that are now be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Guardia Civil, which is try­ing to de­ter­mine the iden­ti­ties of the two in­di­vid­u­als.

While full au­topsy re­sults are awaited, there has been no in­di­ca­tion of signs of vi­o­lence in ei­ther case, though in both in­stances the re­mains were dis­mem­bered or had parts miss­ing, ap­par­ently due to the pas­sage of time or the work of an­i­mals. The ex­act lo­ca­tions where the finds were made have not been made pub­lic.

Ini­tial re­ports in­di­cate the Mi­jas re­mains may date from at least two and pos­si­bly more than three years ago, while the Are­nas re­mains are be­lieved to be of a man who died more re­cently, though no time­frame has yet been spec­i­fied.

The Mi­jas find was made by work­ers who dis­cov­ered the bones and con­tacted the Guardia Civil. Of­fi­cers de­ter- mined the re­mains ap­peared to be from a per­son, though part of the skull was miss­ing.

In the Are­nas case, a lo­cal man ini­tially found the re­mains of a head, and Guardia Civil of­fi­cers dis­patched to the scene then lo­cated the rest of the body.

In both cases the re­mains have been taken to Málaga’s Le­gal Medicine In­sti­tute for foren­sic tests in an ef­fort to de­ter­mine the time and cause of the deaths, and the iden­tity of the two in­di­vid­u­als.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are also re­view­ing miss­ing-per­son cases from re­cent years to de­ter­mine any pos­si­ble matches.


The re­mains are un­der­go­ing foren­sic test­ing at the Le­gal Medicine In­sti­tute, lo­cated at Málaga's Ci­u­dad de la Jus­ti­cia

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