Jenni Rivera Body Found: DNA Testing After Body Parts And License Found
The body and remains of singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash on Sunday in Mexico, have been found in the mountains of Nuevo Leon state, Mexico. Jenni Rivera's body is said to be "unrecognizable," and the only way police and family was able to identify Jenni Rivera's found body was through her nearly-destroyed driver's license.
Jenni Rivera, known as the "Dive of Banda," is a famous Mexican-American singer whose plane went down on December 9 only a few minutes after it took off. The parents of Jenni Rivera were holding out hope that Jenni Rivera's body would not be found, and that she would instead be found alive and well. However, rescue workers said Jenni Rivera's found body was unrecognizable, according to Fox News.
"The bodies were badly affected by the accident and we are told they will do DNA tests for recognition, so that the family will be informed with the details of this procedure once they reach the Medical Examiner's Office in Monterrey," a police spokesman said, according to EnStarz.
Jenni Rivera's father Pedro echoed that statement.
"My son Lupillo told me that effectively it was Jenni's plane that crashed and that everyone on board died. I believe my daughter's body is unrecognizable," he said, according to the Examiner.
The Mexican Transportation ministry said the remains found were likely those of Jenni Rivera, as they correspond to her registered aircraft and are near were Jenni Rivera and her company were travelling.
"These statements are made without reducing the forensic identification work that remains to be completed, which will allow legally valid conclusion that it is Mrs. Rivera and her companions," the spokesman for the State's Agency of Investigations told the Spanish newspaper El Comercio.
In addition to the unrecognizable body of Jenni Rivera, rescue workers also found her license and several shoes, images of which can be seen here.
The 43-year-old Jenni Rivera leaves behind five children and two grandchildren.
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