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Find 20 Decomposed Bodies

October 9, 1985

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ Authorities have found about 20 decomposed bodies in the capital and its suburbs since September, a newspaper said Wednesday.

None of the bodies have been identified, but 90 percent are believed to have been murdered, the newspaper La Tribuna quoted an unidentified source in the government Medical Department as saying.

On Tuesday, authorities took to the morgue a decomposed body that had been found in the Choluteca River near the air force headquarters in the capital, the newspaper said. The body carried no identification and would probably be buried without being identified, the source said.

Oscar Amigo Puerto, vice president of the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras, told The Associated Press that his group would investigate the deaths.

″These don’t sound like common crimes to me,″ Amigo said. ″It is worrisome that they are finding such a large number of bodies. It should alarm the world.″

Human rights leaders say about 170 leaders of labor, student, peasant and social groups have disappeared in Honduras since 1980. Amigo speculated that they may have been killed by police or criminals.

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