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Located a body in Calvią pit


 Friday 19th October 2018

Located the possible body of the only woman amongst the 14 victims documented in the Calvià pit

50 year-old Joana Vaño, was murdered in ses Planes, in the municipality, and buried on 2
nd October 1936

 On Thursday 18th October, seven days after the beginning of Calvià pit's exhumation, the possible body of the only woman amongst the fourteen victims of the Civil War has been located, of which there is documentary evidence that they are still buried in the municipal cemetery. The body found would be of the 50 year-old Juana Vaño Morales, murdered in ses Planes, in the municipality of Calvià, at km 15 of the Palma-Calvià motorway, and buried in the cemetery on 2nd October 1936, according to the court cause. Precisely, she and her partner, Ramon Fuster, disappeared together at the beginning of October 1936. He was murdered on 11th October that same year in Son Pardo, in Palma, and buried in the cemetery of Palma, according to the court case, in hole No. 9. She is the first of the fourteen remaining victims found in the intervention of Calvià pit.

Of the twenty victims with names and surnames that are known to be buried, currently there are fourteen identified, after six bodies were removed; but it is estimated that there could be more victims. The fact that the body located is a woman, when there is only a documentary evidence of one, and the fact that the body has been located without tomb, face down, are sufficient evidence that it is a victim of fascist repression. Also because the body has been found where written and oral testimonies indicated it. In addition, the description of the autopsy of the body, of which there is evidence that was found murdered on 2nd October 1936, fits in with the field research that has been done. 

In the Calvià cemetery, up to six pits are documented, located in two points, the so-called earth pits, on the left side of the entrance to the old cemetery, and in the central corridor of the enclosure, where there are small pits with capacity for three bodies each. The exhumation of Calvià is one of the exhumations historically claimed by the families of victims of the Francoist repression and the memorialist associations. 

(Informative note of the Regional Ministry for Culture, Participation and Sports of the Balearic Government)