1976 torture victim identified as Chilean leftist

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FILE - In this March 11, 2008 file photo, Mariana Selva, from the independent Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, examines an unidentified skeleton at a forensic lab as part of an effort to identify the victims of Argentina's Dirty War in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Forensic scientists have finally identified a mutilated corpse that washed up on the shores of Uruguay in 1976. Forensic scientists in Argentina used genetic evidence and fingerprints that were taken by Uruguay's military government at the time to identify the body as Luis Guillermo Vega Zeballos, a Chilean leftist who was among the first victims of Argentina's military coup. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
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FILE - In this March 11, 2008 file photo, Mariana Selva, from the independent Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, examines an unidentified skeleton at a forensic lab as part of an effort to identify the victims of Argentina's Dirty War in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Forensic scientists have finally identified a mutilated corpse that washed up on the shores of Uruguay in 1976. Forensic scientists in Argentina used genetic evidence and fingerprints that were taken by Uruguay's military government at the time to identify the body as Luis Guillermo Vega Zeballos, a Chilean leftist who was among the first victims of Argentina's military coup. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Forensic scientists have finally identified a mutilated corpse that washed up on the shores of Uruguay in 1976. Forensic scientists in Argentina used genetic evidence and fingerprints that were taken by Uruguay's military government at the time to identify the body as Luis Guillermo Vega Zeballos, a Chilean leftist who was among the first victims of Argentina's military coup.

Vega Zeballos was detained in Buenos Aires along with his pregnant wife Laura Gladis Romero, whose body has never been found. The human rights group Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo is still looking for their baby, who would be turning 36 years old this month.

Uruguay's presidency announced the results Thursday night.

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