Remains of mothers found

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Date: Aug. 12, 2005
From: National Catholic Reporter(Vol. 41, Issue 36)
Publisher: National Catholic Reporter
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 166 words

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team announced last month the discovery of the remains of three founding members of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo movement who had been missing for 28 years.

Azucena Villaflor de Vincenti, Esther Ballestrino de Careaga and Maria Eugenia Ponce de Bianco were kidnapped in early December 1977 along with two French nuns, Alice Domon and Leonie Duquet, after the former Navy officer Alfredo Astiz--known as the "angel of death"--infiltrated the group, posing as the brother of one of the disappeared.

Investigators confirmed that the women were thrown into the sea in one of the "flights of death," a practice by which those opposing the military dictatorship (1976-83) were thrown out of airplanes into the Atlantic Ocean.

The bodies were found shortly afterwards on the beach of Santa Teresita, in the province of Buenos Aires. They were transferred to the cemetery in the city of General Lavalle and buried without being identified after their fingerprints were taken.

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