Analysis of Unidentified Remains Begins in Travnik

Following a meeting of the working group on the review of unidentified remains in BiH mortuaries, in Visoko on 22 May in the presence of the Prosecutor’s Offices, MPI Directors and Investigators, Legal Medicine Specialist, and Police investigators, it was agreed that anthropological analysis of unidentified remains – the Travnik cases – under the jurisdiction of the Central Bosnia Canton Prosecutor’s Office will begin in the course of this week.

Relevant authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina at every level are conducting a thorough review of all 11 mortuaries in the country to establish why almost 3,000 bone samples received from local authorities do not match the genetic profiles of nearly 9,000 complete sets of reference samples provided by more than 27,000 family members with missing relatives.  It is not yet clear why such a large number of bone samples do not match the available genetic profiles.

The review process undertaken by the NN (unidentified) Working Group began in 2014, following the engagement of the Prosecutor’s Office. To date, unidentified human remains (NN cases) have been reviewed in three mortuary facilities.  These are Sutina, Nevesinje, and Gorazde.  Efforts are ongoing in Visoko and the Commemorative Centre Tuzla, and the countrywide process is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2016.

This initiative is part of a long-term effort to strengthen the rule of law and uphold the pursuit of justice – and to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the search for those who are still missing.