Divers May Have Found Last 2 Costa Concordia Victims

Human remains spotted near wreck
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 26, 2013 1:08 PM CDT
Divers May Have Found Last 2 Costa Concordia Victims
In this file photo taken on Sept. 18, 2013, a side of the Costa Concordia is seen on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, after the crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Divers spotted human remains today near Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship and DNA tests will determine if they are the last two bodies missing among the shipwreck's 32 victims, authorities say. The search for the remains of an Italian female passenger and an Indian waiter resumed after the capsized luxury liner was rotated upright last week in an unprecedented marine salvage operation 20 months after it crashed into a reef off Giglio Island.

Coast Guard and Customs Service divers located the remains near the central part of the ship, where survivors had said the two were last seen. Specialized police divers were going into the sea to remove the remains, which will be examined by forensic experts on the mainland in Tuscany. DNA testing could take a few days, authorities say. An official says he immediately notified the victims' relatives, who had traveled to the island in hopes their loved ones' remains could be found. (More Costa Concordia stories.)

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