Various cases of bodies found in the public thoroughfare have shaken the Coquimbo Region in recent months, some of these linked to events that the investigations have not yet been able to fully elucidate.
In this context, let us remember that on July 24, the body of a woman covered with branches and with traces of blood on her head was found in the La Rojas sector. Subsequent procedures carried out by the PDI revealed that he had been the victim of a homicide, since a rock was found that would be the murder weapon.
Another event occurred on October 8, 2021, when a mining train operator noticed a body floating in the El Culebrón wetland sector, which had a date of death of two to three days and where the participation of third parties would have been ruled out. persons.
In both cases, these bodies continue as “NN” in the Legal Medical Service in La Serena, as well as another that has been in place since January 2019 and that would correspond to a person living on the street. They are the three that remain in this situation in the area.
Procedures and protocols
The regional director of the Legal Medical Service, Jorge Díaz, in conversation with the newspaper El Día assured that “when we receive a body, we have an identification protocol, and the first thing to do is take fingerprints. There is also the recognition by family members and that provided by the Prosecutor’s Office itself, through documents that identify the people, together with the support of the PDI and Carabineros ”.
However, Díaz recognizes that there are opportunities in which it is very difficult to identify the identity of some bodies, “this because they do not have documents or their fingerprints do not appear in the National Registry. It is also possible that they are foreign persons who are not registered ”.
It should be noted that in the case of the subject who was found in the El Culebrón wetland area, the subject presented a state of putrefaction that made it impossible to recognize his fingerprints. Meanwhile, the situation of the woman who was found in Las Rojas, being a person with certain foreign traits, it was determined to bring all the antecedents to Interpol in order to cross-check information with other countries. The Investigative Police, through the Homicide Brigade and the Bicrim, would have already complied with everything that was due, but there are no results yet.
“One can have a notion of the country from which the person in question comes, but it is also necessary to consider whether they are individuals living on the streets, if they were passing through the country or when they are dead, an advanced state of putrefaction is detected” Diaz noted.
In that sense, he explained that when there are cases of unidentified people “a procedure operates, since we have an agreement with the Investigative Police, where we report every month the cases we have in the service.”
Regarding the length of time of the bodies in the SML, the regional director assured that “there have even been cases, such as that of a person whose body remained in the Service for 14 years and it was identified, and then found their relatives ”.
These possibilities, according to Díaz, are due to the fact that “we are permanently applying new identification techniques. We are incorporating new procedures and thus we can identify some with a very long history. But there is a procedure that is established in the law. Once the entire expert process is finished, the expert can request the prosecutor to enter the National Identification Registry through the genetic fingerprint and request the burial and thus they are buried in a municipal cemetery “, he concluded.