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Singer Jenni Rivera's remains are turned over to her family

posted 14 Dec 2012, 05:14 by Mpelembe   [ updated 14 Dec 2012, 05:14 ]

A state security spokesman in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon says that remains ofJenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash on Sunday, have been returned to her family.

 MONTERREYNUEVO LEONMEXICO (DECEMBER 13, 2012)(REUTERS) -  The remains of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera have been returned to her family, a security spokesman in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon said on Thursday (December 13).

"The few remains that we were able to recover were returned to the family yesterday, I'm told. The only thing left is to officially confirm that the remains belong to the people they are believed to be," spokesman Jorge Domene said.

Rivera, 43, died after the small jet she was travelling in crashed on Sunday. Her father,Pedro, confirmed to Telemundo television that everyone on the plane had died.

The plane crashed at about 3:30 a.m. local time (4.30 a.m. EST) in the municipality ofIturbide some 70 miles south of Monterrey, from which the singer and six others were en route to Mexico City.

Domene said that some 300 individual DNA samples had to be taken at the scene of the crash, as no readily identifiable human remains were found.

"We had to take about 300 distinct DNA samples. There are no human remains like those we are accustomed to. The results should be ready by this Saturday. This will be handled according to protocol to positively identify those who died in this accident," he said.

Also on Thursday, Mexican authorities detained two police officers suspected of stealing some of Rivera's personal belongings from the crash site.

Domene said that the items had been recovered and the case is still under investigation.

"There are two items, a purse and a passport, that apparently belong to that fatality (Jenni Rivera). Surely they were going to keep or sell this items, but the important thing is that now they are in the hands of the Public Ministry as the investigation takes place. We will have more information as soon as they determine the facts of this crime," he said.

Rivera was born in Long Beach to Mexican immigrants and lived in suburban Los Angeles. She was a giant figure in the Mexican folk nortena and banda genres.

She had sold 15 million albums in her 17-year career and garnered a slew of Latin Grammy nominations.

In recent years Rivera had branched out into television with a reality television show and as a judge on the Mexican version of the singing competition "The Voice."