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More bodies found in the Calvią pit


 Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Two more bodies and part of a third raise to four the Franco regime victims found in the Calvià pit

On Tuesday 20th October, it was confirmed the discovery of two more bodies in the Calvià pit and that are added to the first body found, presumably of Juana Vaño, located last Thursday 18th October, seven days after the start of the Archaeological intervention for the exhumation of the Calvià pit. 

The bodies have been located in the place documented as row 1 of pit 2, where the documentary sources placed only one body; a fact that contrasts with the two bodies found without tomb, one on top of the other and arranged upside down. One of the two, has the skull affected by bullet impact and the other body is half affected, from the waist up, by the construction in the 50's of a niche above, from which, in addition, the leg of a third body has come to light.

None of the two bodies found can be at present related to any specific identified name of the other thirteen victims of the fourteen that are sought and that there is documentary evidence that they are in the municipal cemetery.

This is how it has been explained by the intervention's director, Almudena García, to the president of the Balearic Islands Government, Francina Armengol, and the mayor of Calvià, Alfonso Rodríguez Badal, who have visited the cemetery this afternoon accompanied by the councillors Andreu Serra, Nati Francés, Juan Cuadros and Mayte Albertí, and the Regional Minister for Culture, Participation and Sports, Fanny Tur. 

The only body that presumably has been identified, in the absence of the data crossing confirmation, is the body of the only woman amongst the fourteen Civil War victims of whom there is documentary evidence that they were buried in the municipal cemetery and is the first woman found in an exhumation in the Balearic Islands.

50 year-old Juana Vaño Morales, was murdered in ses Planes, in the municipality of Calvià, at km 15 of the Palma-Calvià motorway, and buried in the cemetery on 2
nd 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 Palma cemetery.

Of the twenty identified victims that are known to be buried, currently fourteen remain since six bodies have been found. It is estimated that there could be more victims.

 In the Calvià cemetery are documented up to six pits, located in two points, the so-called earth pits, on the left side of the entrance to the old cemetery, where the bodies have been found, 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 the Francoist repression victims and the memorialist associations.

(Press release from the Regional Ministry of Culture, Participation and Sports of the Balearic Government)