The bodies of the three climbers who died in the mountain range will be autopsied over the weekend, due to the frozen state in which they are found, the Argentine Embassy in Santiago confirmed.
The mortal remains of Raúl Espir and Sergio Berardo, from Pampa, and Ignacio Javier Lucero, from Mendoza, are in the premises of the Forensic Medical Service, where they arrived on Wednesday night to undergo an autopsy that will determine how they died.
"As a consulate we are making all the contacts with the local agencies that are going to intervene for the release and repatriation of the bodies, to speed up the process as much as possible," the deputy Argentine consul in Santiago, Octavio La Croce, told Clarín.
In order for a body to be repatriated to Argentina, a death certificate from the Forensic Medical Service, burial permit and a letter from the Regional Ministerial Secretariat of Santiago stating that the bodies are not infected with any disease are required.
The process can take approximately 5 to 10 business days from the date the deceased is handed over by the local authorities after the authorization letter is granted. These deadlines may be shorter, warn the Argentine embassy in Chile, since they are carrying out the corresponding procedures from the day the bodies were found.
The government of the province of La Pampa will have a plane to transport the funeral remains of the mayor of General San Martín, Raúl Espir and the notary, Sergio Berardo.
Meanwhile, the body of Ignacio Lucero, an experienced mountaineer from Mendoza, will be transported by land to the city of Mendoza. The bodies are expected to arrive in the trans-Andean territory between Monday and Wednesday of next week.
The first forensic examinations carried out by the personnel of the Carabineros Criminalistics Laboratory ruled out the participation of third parties in the death of the three mountaineers who disappeared last Thursday on the Chilean side of Mount Marmolejo.
Last Tuesday, the Chilean Public Prosecutor's Office instructed the chief prosecutor of Puente Alto, Denisse Valenzuela Escobar, to investigate and clarify the facts.
The relatives of the victims who are following the course of the investigation in Chile are being accommodated in the homes of acquaintances, since they rejected the offer to stay at the residence of the Argentine ambassador to Chile.