October 25, 1996 in Nation/World

New Doubts About Skull Found In Garden

Compiled From Wire Services

A major newspaper raised new doubts Thursday about the identity of human remains found in the garden of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari’s brother.

Prosecutors say they suspect the remains may be those of Congressman Manuel Munoz Rocha, who is accused of orchestrating the 1994 slaying of a top politician on behalf of Raul Salinas.

Munoz Rocha disappeared shortly after the September 1994 assassination of Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu.

The Mexico City newspaper Reforma said the coroner’s office determined that the skull found Oct. 9 at the Salinas property had lost two teeth at least three months before death. The paper quoted Munoz Rocha’s wife as saying her husband did not lose any teeth before he disappeared.

Federal Attorney General Antonio Lozano Gracia told reporters Thursday in the city of Veracruz that his office is “carrying out all the tests necessary to be able to determine with certainty” whether the body is that of Munoz Rocha.

He said that might take several weeks. Investigators are apparently conducting DNA tests to identify the remains.

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