ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The bodies of Paraguayan presidential candidate Lino Oviedo and two other people killed in a helicopter crash over the weekend are so mutilated that they can't be reconstructed and it will take longer to identify them.
Forensic doctor Pablo Lemir told reporters Monday that officials might identify the bodies through fingerprints. He said bones and pieces of skin have been stored in 32 body bags at a local morgue.
Oviedo was returning with his bodyguard from a political rally in northern Paraguay Saturday night when his pilot encountered bad weather. All three were killed in the crash.
"The crash was so powerful that the helicopter's nose sank into the ground over a meter deep," Lemir said. "I want to clarify that those aboard did not die of burns but were shattered by the impact, dismembered."
The deadly crash ended a dramatic political career for Oviedo that included coups and several attempts to become the leader of this poor, grain-producing country.
Oviedo, 69, was running in April's presidential elections as part of Paraguay's third-largest opposition party, the National Union of Ethical Citizens (UNACE), but he was not among the favorites.