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Bones found in missing children case are human, fourth report confirms

DNA samples may be impossible to recover due to high heat of fire

More than 200 people congregate outside the Bretón rural property last Friday.
More than 200 people congregate outside the Bretón rural property last Friday.SALAS / EFE

A fourth forensic report ordered on the human remains thought to belong to the children of José Bretón, which were found last month at a rural family property in Las Quemadillas, Córdoba, has confirmed they are human, sources have told EL PAÍS.

Bretón, who is currently in custody, is suspected of murdering his son and daughter last October, burning their remains.

The judge investigating the case ordered the National Toxicology Institute at Madrid’s Complutense University to conduct the fourth forensic study.

A previous report showed that the remains were burned at 800ºC, which may make it impossible to recover any DNA samples.

Once the judge receives the report the institute will try to determine whether DNA samples can be extracted for analysis.

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