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UNT Health Science Center's Roby Helps Identify Bodies of Chile's Patio 29
Date:2/9/2010

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rhonda Roby, PhD, MPH, associate professor and project coordinator for the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification at UNT Health Science Center, was instrumental in recently identifying three murder victims of the Chilean Pinochet coup, buried in the Patio 29 cemetery.

The Chilean government contacted Roby in 2006 to be the lead geneticist for a process audit team of the victims' identification program for Patio 29. After joining the team also consisting of an anthropologist, odontologist, and medical examiner, Roby recommended the Health Science Center lab to perform the DNA analysis for the Chilean government. The UNT Center for Human Identification was able to report family associations for Pablo Aranda Schmied, Waldemar Monsalve Toledo, and Nelson Munoz Torres with 99.99 posterior probability. All three were killed during General Augusto Pinochet's ascension to power, which began Sept. 11, 1973.

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