May 15, 2017 11:52
The remains of a girl who perished when the ferry Sewol sank in April 2014 were discovered on Saturday in the wreck of the salvaged ship.
The victim is believed to be Cho Eun-hwa, who was a junior at Danwon High School at the time of the accident. Search officials found her remains, including a tooth with a gold filling, on the fourth floor of the vessel, which was a part of the ship that had been allocated to girl students from the high school.
Articles of clothing apparently belonging to the students were also found at the site.
Search officials told Cho's parents of their discovery based on a comparison of dental records submitted by family members of the nine passengers who remain officially missing.
It would mark the first positive identification of a victim since October 2014. DNA analysis will take about a month.
The discovery of the remains has both heightened hopes and anxiety among the families of the missing passengers, who have been camped out in Mokpo port since 2014.
Search officials said four more bone fragments believed to be human were also found on Sunday. One was discovered on the fourth floor and three others on the third floor. Three other presumably human bone fragments were found while sifting through mud.
Search officials have drilled a hole leading into the fourth floor of the ship to broaden their access points. Workers have now combed through 14 out of 44 designated areas in the wreck.
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