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Two Bodies in Iraq Identified as Missing Journalists

May 30, 1991

LONDON (AP) _ Two bodies found in Iraq have been identified as those of missing British free-lance journalists who were part of a BBC film crew covering the Kurdish rebellion, the British Broadcasting Corp. said Thursday.

Nick Della Casa, 31, and Charles Maxwell, 38, his brother-in-law, disappeared two months ago. Their bodies were found May 23 in northern Iraq by British Royal Marines and returned to Britain for identification.

The third crew member, Della Casa’s wife, Rosanna, 31, still is missing and the search for her will continue, the BBC said.

The BBC said it had been informed by the families of the two men.

″They were very brave people working in very difficult circumstances. Everyone at the BBC shares their families’ grief,″ said Tony Hall, BBC director of news and current affairs.

The Royal Marines dropped leaflets in northern Iraq asking for information about the journalists and received a tip that led them to the bodies, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.

The BBC last heard from the film crew March 23, when they were in Yuksekova, Turkey, planning to cross into northern Iraq. They were last seen in Dohuk, Iraq.

Della Casa specialized in reporting from trouble spots, including Tibet, Sudan, Angola and Afghanistan. In 1986, he was captured by rebels in Mozambique and held for 18 months.

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