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Old Gwangju Prison remains estimated to be from 261 people

옛 광주교도소 발굴 유골 261구 추정

Old Gwangju Prison remains estimated to be from 261 people

 The National Forensic Service, or NFS, revealed that there were a total of 261 people's remains discovered at the old Gwangju prison site. Our Jongmin Kim reports

 According to the Gwangju Bukbu(북부) Police Station on Mar. 11th, the police were notified of the results after the first examination. The NFS completed the classification process of the 80-some earlier-discovered unidentified remains. As a result, the remains examined totaled 261.

 Also, the holes discovered in a skull were verified to be from natural decomposition, instead of an artificial result. The cause of death is unverified as the burial period was rather long. Therefore, some are saying that these unidentified remains may not be the missing people from May 18th.

 However, as there is a possibility that the 261 remains may include some of the missing from May 18th, DNA tests will proceed. 

With the remains belonging to more people than the official records indicated, some have speculated that they may belong to former inmates rather than victims of the pro-democracy movement crackdown.

The forensic service may complete the process by early next month, with the results to be announced later.

The May 18 Memorial Foundation plans to conduct an additional excavation of 2,888 square meters of land in the vicinity.

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