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Skeletal remains found washed up on Cancun beach identified

Cancun, Q.R. — A set of skeletal remains found washed up on a Cancun beach in March has been identified. Forensic testing has identified the remains to be that of a young Paraguay tourist reported missing by his friends.

The young man, identified as 26-year-old Francisco Talavera, was reported missing March 6 by his travel companions. They had gone swimming at a Cancun Hotel Zone beach where Talavera was seen going into the water, but not returning.

On March 7, an official search for the young tourist began but nothing was found. On March 15, beachgoers in Cancun stumbled upon the remains of a human skeleton. On April 12, officials confirmed they belonged to Mr. Talavera.

On Tuesday, the Paraguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that they were waiting on the State Attorney General’s Office to complete the procedures to repatriate the young man’s body. The Ministry also reported that on Tuesday morning, the young man’s mother was informed of the results of the forensic analysis.

On April 6, part of another human skeleton was reported found washed up on a Cancun beach. The late morning finding was also made in the Cancun Hotel Zone by beachgoers. Authorities have not yet identified the remains.