Mexico seeks exhumation of drug lord’s parents
Published: October 17, 2012 12:13PM
Updated: October 17, 2012 12:13PM
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FILE - This undated file photo, downloaded from the Mexico's Attorney General's Office most wanted criminals webpage on Nov. 2, 2010, shows alleged Zeta drug cartel leader and founder Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano in an undisclosed location. The Mexican navy says on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, Lazcano has apparently been killed in a firefight with marines in the Mexican northern border state of Coahuila. (AP Photo/Mexico's Attorney General's Office, file)

Mexico City • Mexico’s top anti-drug prosecutors says authorities are seeking permits to exhume the remains of the parents of deceased drug lord Heriberto Lazcano, to obtain material for DNA testing.

The testing is aimed at confirming that a body stolen from a funeral home Oct. 8 was indeed Lazcano’s.

The Navy says Lazcano’s body was identified through fingerprints after he was killed in a shootout with marines on Oct. 7.

Prosecutor Jose Cuitlahuac Salinas said Wednesday that Lazcano’s parents died years ago, and are buried in central Hidalgo state.

He did not say what sample from the body would be used for comparison, but an autopsy was performed before the body was stolen and officials apparently saved blood or bloody clothing.