Senior Couple Buries Son 30-Years After Disappearance

Senior Couple Buries Son 30-Years After Disappearance

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An elderly couple is finally laying their son to rest more than 30-years after his disappearance. 

In 1984, Maximo and Gregoria Cueto found out their son Andres was forcibly taken away from his university dormitory by soldiers. This was during the Andean nation’s fight with the Maoist rebels. 

The couple received Andres’ skeletal remains from authorities as part of an effort by Peru to give families closure. There have been more than 20,000 people who were forcibly taken away during the nation’s conflict. 

According to Fox News the elderly couple spent most of their savings and retirement to search for their son. They used their funds to go as far as the Amazon rain forest and to a former island penitentiary off the coast of Lima to find him. 

“Twice before the family thought it had found Cesareo among the victim’s due to familiar-looking clothing that was found with the remains only to have DNA tests come back negative,” wrote Associated Press reporters Rodrigo Abd and Franklin Briceno. “Then, in July, they learned that a pile of bones with scrapes on the right knee and marks on the teeth indicating past dental work was their son, said archaeologist Luis Rueda, head of the team behind the excavations.”

Peru authorities are aiming to make the process of identifying those killed in the conflict much easier by allowing authorities to turn over remains uncovered by forensic scientists before determining the cause of death or completing an investigation. Families who have lost their loved ones are also not required to file a complaint with the chief prosecutor’s office first. 

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