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Remains found in Sewol ferry identified as a student

2017/05/19 16:22

MOKPO, South Korea, May 19 (Yonhap) -- A set of bones found intact in the wreck of the Sewol ferry was confirmed to be that of a student who went missing in the 2014 disaster, officials said Friday.

The remains found on Tuesday underwent multiple analyses by medical examiners and have been confirmed to be Heo Da-yoon. Officials said they checked the body's teeth and compared them to the dental records of the missing victims.

Heo Da-yoon (Courtesy of Heo's family) Heo Da-yoon (Courtesy of Heo's family)

It is the second set of remains found during the search operation to be identified.

On Wednesday, authorities said a bone fragment found near the site of the sinking earlier this month was confirmed to be that of missing teacher Ko Chang-seok.

The 6,800-ton Sewol ferry sank off the country's southwestern coast near Jindo island in April 2014, claiming the lives of 304 people, mostly high school students on a school excursion.

The hull was raised from the bottom of the sea and put into dry dock at a local port in Mokpo, some 410 kilometers south of Seoul, last month. The bodies of nine people, including four students and two teachers, were missing.